World Sight Day: Op­ti­cians sen­si­tise teach­ers, screen pupils in FCT

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Chidimma C. Okeke

To mark the 2017 World Sight Day, eye care ex­perts un­der the Nige­rian Op­to­met­ric As­so­ci­a­tion (NOA), Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), yes­ter­day sen­si­tised peo­ple of Wuse in Abuja city cen­tre.

The group also flagged off eye screen­ing for pupils and stu­dents across Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity (LEA) schools in the six area coun­cils of the FCT.

The Vice Pres­i­dent, North of NOA, Dr. Olafisoye Felix said, “We are here to sen­si­tize teach­ers and to screen the chil­dren. We started the sen­si­ti­sa­tion of teach­ers across the schools in the FCT on Wed­nes­day on how they should care for the eyes of their pupils.

“We fol­lowed it up with the screen­ing and we are com­pil­ing a na­tion­wide record of eye sight cases among school chil­dren to tackle the is­sue be­cause if they can’t see well, it will be dif­fi­cult for them to do well in their aca­demics,” Olafisoye noted.

The World Sight Day pro­ject Co­or­di­na­tor, Dr. Es­ther Madu said the screen­ing is free and that those de­tected to have sigh is­sues will be re­ferred for fur­ther tests and be pro­vided with med­i­ca­tions and cor­rec­tive glasses.

Pres­i­dent of Women Op­to­met­ric in Nige­ria, Dr. Adesuwa Ogli said her team is ad­vo­cat­ing that govern­ment should make a law that ev­ery school age child has his or her eyes checked be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted into a school.

“You might not know that you a vis­ual im­pair­ment un­til you are checked. For chil­dren, if they have any such, they might not cope in schools be­cause many chil­dren learn through vi­su­als,” she said.

A pupil of the Wuse Zone LEA School, Yas­mine Hus­sein Ali at the flag-off said she is ex­cited to have her eyes checked and urged other chil­dren to do so to give them the best con­fi­dence.

“I have friends who have eye prob­lems in my class, so this is an op­por­tu­nity to have them checked,” Yas­mine said.

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