FG,CBM Launch Child Eye Health Treatment Guideline
The Federal Government with support from the Christian Blind Mission,CBM launched the Child Eye Health Treatment Guideline aimed at providing guidance for delivery of quality child eye health services in Nigeria.
At the launching and stakeholders meeting in Abuja,the minister of health,Dr Osagie Enahire said the document was put together in line with global best practices.
According to available report,1.6 million children are blind and approximately twice that number have low vision.
Five-forty percent of these children were blind from avoidable causes and the pattern varies between and within countries.
In a message to the launching,the minister of health,Dr Osagie Enahire who was represented by the permanent Secretary ,Alhaji Abdullahi Mashi said the document advocated curative and preventive services.
‘’The maiden edition of the National Eye Health Policy 2019 developed in context and agreement with the National Health Policy provides a framework for collective scale up for eye care service delivery at all levels including child eye care. It advocates promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services’’,
The Country Director ,Christian Blind Mission,Mr Bright Ekweremadu called for the prioritization of eye healthcare in Nigeria.
CBM is committed to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities irrespective of race, gender and religion.
“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.”he said.
The Coordinator ,National Eye Health Programme,Dr Oteri Okolo who said there was need for quality eye healthcare services especially at the rural areas observed that the documents has a unique commitment.
‘’World Sight Day public’’ Lecture is also an opportunity for people working on eye health in Nigeria to review what has been achieved and to chart a way forward beyond vision 2020.”
On his part, the President Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, Dr Bade Ogundipe called for awareness among parents and teachers for the prevention of child blindness in the country.
Dr Ogundipe therefore advised all Nigerians to imbibe the habit of undergoing regular eye screening for early detection of eye diseases, especially those with family history of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.