CBM, TAF Advocate Early Intervention Policies For Child Eye Care In Nigeria
Founder, The Albino Foundation,TAF Mr Jake Epelle has called for the formulation of policies, early intervention services as well as screening for child eye care by the Federal Government .
Mr Epelle made the call during an advocacy visit by the foundation and the Community Secondary School,Abuja to the Christian Blind Missions,CBM country Office in Abuja.
The TAF, Founder also called for a more comprehensive childhood functional vision assessment protocol at the point of nursery school entry to prevent long time eye problems of children in the country.
“A majority of parents are unaware of the impacts vision problems can have on the long-term health of their children, including speech difficulties and developmental delays.”
He said the intervention of the students in the purchase Sunscreen had helped in alleviating the plights of persons living with albinism.
The Country Representative, CBM, Sir. Bright Ekweremadu advised all Nigerians to embrace the culture of voluntary routine medical check-ups in order to avoid several long time terminal diseases untimely deaths in the country.
“You can imagine ,people who don’t have the kind of opportunity that we have,you will not have the opportunity of checking yourself,you wouldn’t know whether something is wrong with you,you will just get up one day and something is wrong with you.”
“CBM has been working with partners in Nigeria since 1968, preventing blindness, improving health and helping people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities.”
The Programme Director, Seeing Is Believing Nigeria,Dr Juliana Nathaniel, explained that it was worrisome that Nigeria lack child eye blind data,
“At Seeing is Believing, our mission is to treat avoidable blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye care.”
“The project also includes an eye care awareness program including the causes and prevention of blindness, and the training of ophthalmologists, nurses, and community health workers.”
The Vice Principal ,Community Secondary School,Abuja, Mrs Nnenaya Ukonu who commended the CBM for their support towards the Nigerian children eye health.
The Community Secondary School,Abuja through it’s school club recently donated sun screen to The Albino Foundation.