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(ANAMBRA) World Sight Day: Optometrists Screen 500 Patients

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

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