The state chapter of the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) yesterday screened over 500 patients at Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state, as part of activities lined up to mark the 2015 world sight day.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Awka, the State chairman of the association, Dr. Obi Ifeanyi, who led a team of his members to an advocacy visit to the office of the State commissioner for health, Dr. Joe Akabuike observed that the celebration offers them the opportunity to engage with the wider audience, especially those who seldom get an eye examination.
Dr. Obi, however noted that the visit to the commissioner and other stakeholders in the state is aimed at contributing to the achievement of the global action target of reducing avoidable blindness and vision impairment as major international and local public health issues.
According to him, the celebration will raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment and as well influence government to participate and designate funds for blindness prevention activities.
He regretted that there are about 286 million people globally who are visually impaired, pointing out that statistics shows that un-operated cataract and glaucoma contributes more to severe visual impairment in Nigeria.
– Raymond Ozoji , Awka