By Samuel Oyadongha
Wife of Bayelsa State Governor Mrs. Alayingi Sylva, yesterday, advanced reason why the state was waging war on glaucoma, a blindness caused by the destruction of the eye nerve, saying about six million Nigerians are suffering from the disorder.
Mrs. Sylva, who disclosed this in Yenagoa, called on Bayelsans to take advantage of the proposed vision centres in the three senatorial district of the state.
She said the state government in collaboration with the Treasure Health Care International Foundation also known as Treasure Vision had concluded plan to embark on sustained campaign against the medical hazards to vision and the battle against glaucoma.
Mrs. Sylva, who was represented by the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Ekeowei at the World Glaucoma Week with the theme, “Don’t loose sight of your family,” said the estimated 6million persons with glaucoma in Nigeria, is worrisome and the state must be prepared to free its people.
The state government, according to her has entered into partnership with the Treasure Vision to intensify the campaign against glaucoma and other diseases that affects the eye sight.
“We are investing through vision centres to be set up soon. We want the coastal communities’ dwellers to have free access to eye check up and treatment,” she said.
In his speech, the Programme Director of the Treasure Health Care International Foundation, Dr. Usiwo Obibi noted that the foundation and the Bayelsa State Government have been working together since 2007 to eradicate the eye related diseases.
Dr. Obibi said “most of the work done have included training of Teachers and Primary Health care workers in the art of detecting eye defects and recommending treatment and care early. For Glaucoma, we have provided drugs free to the people and treat 25 persons with the disease and sponsor three for surgery.”
Earlier in their speeches, the President of the African Council on Optometry, Dr. Uduak Udoh represented by Dr. Aretu Nwakoso and the General Manager of the State owned Radio, Glory FM, Mr. Okpoitari Diongoli commended the wife of the state governor and the Treasure Health Foundation on their efforts at reducing the issues of eye related diseases.