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Ogun State Government said plans are in top gear to commence regular eye checks for both the children and aged to bring improvement in their sight.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker when she played host to the State Committee on Eye, led by led by Prof. Oluwatoni Onabolu in company of the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board, in Abeokuta.
Coker said primary health centers across the State would be involved in eye care, noting the present administration has placed health sector on the front burner of its activities.
The Commissioner lamented that many children go blind because they cannot afford the cost of cataract surgery, calling on the private sector, donors and philanthropists to join hands in changing the narrative in eye care in the State.
She said that the present administration would in the coming year be committed to conducting training on Opthalmic Nursing at least twice a year to keep the practitioners abreast of modern practice.
” COVID-19 has made us know that healthcare should not be left in the hands of the government alone. The need for innovative funding of the health sector now stares us in the face more than ever.
“World over, children and the aged are highly vulnerable. For us as government, we will not wait until their sight deteriorates”, Coker said.
In her remarks, Prof. Onabolu commended the Commissioner for her creative approach to the need in the health sector, since she came on board, promising that the Committee on Eye would not fail to support the government in its quest to improve eye care.