By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
BENIN CITY—THE Nigerian Optometric Association, NOA, Edo State in its bid to reform, sanitize the profession has vowed to fish out bad heads and quacks and inject modern concepts of the profession into the association.
Chairman of NOA in Edo State, Dr Joe Owie stated this yesterday at a press briefing to address issues affecting the association in the state.
He said the crisis that enveloped the association has been resolved and appreciated the intervention and support of all stakeholders in the health sector.
“This sector, in every given society, such as ours is one that must be given very serious attention it deserves, so as to ensure that members of the society are given unimpaired and seamless access to health care in the state, as it is commonly said, ” Health is Wealth.”
Owie said some of the challenges affecting his members and the profession included insufficient manpower, funding and infrastructural development.
He also lamented the non payment of allowances for its interns at the Stella 0basanjo Women and Children hospitals just as he called for approval for the employment of 0pttometrists, in Primary Health care Centres across the state, so as to prevent avoidable blindness.
He commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his strides in the state. “I want to use this opportunity to commend Governor Godwin 0baseki, the Ambassador of Eye-care in Nigeria for his financial support during the 2017, National Conference, which was held in Edo state.