Ekiti state government has charged the residents of Ekiti to go for regular eye checkup to guide against blindness that can be prevented.
The commissioner for Health and Human Services Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade made this charge in Ado Ekiti during the 2019 world sight day public awareness campaign with the theme”Vision First”.
The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Mrs Folakemi Olomojobi went down memory lane describing eye as the gate way of the body and encouraged people of Ekiti state not to destroy the gate way because of lack of information about the causes of blindness.
She said the government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi had solely sponsored over 500 cataract surgery in Ekiti in the year 2019 which she said was the first in the history of the state and also screened over 1000 people for other related eye problems like glaucoma even among children.
Commissioner for health echoed the readiness of the state ministry of health to have school health program featuring on eyes in Ekiti state where not less than 200 schools will be visited and school children will be screened and treated of any blinding diseases.
Earlier in his speech the head of eye care team in Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Ajite narrated the reasons behind the celebration to include creating awareness for people to know some eye problems and better ways of precenting some of these eye diseases.
Dr. Ajite said 230 million people around the world are either blind or visually impaired and 124 million of them need simple prescription eyeglasses to see things better.
He charged Ekiti people to go for regular eye test to avoid blindness caused by glaucoma,cataract and other blinding diseases which he said if nothing significant is done by individuals before year 2050,more than half of the world population will have a serious vision problem.
World sight day is celebrated on the 10th day of October every year and the awareness campaign was carried out in Ekiti state by Opthalmological Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Optometric Association and Nigeria Opthalmic Nurses Association.