Ogun State Government says, it would continue to partner stakeholders in the provision of efficient health care to the citizenry, particularly, the children, in order to ensure their proper growth and wellbeing.
The Permanent Secretary, State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde stated this at a programme tagged, ‘’Seeing is Believing’’, organised by Eleta Eye Institute, in collaboration with Christoffei Blinding Mission, at Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.
Receiving donation of drugs and low vision equipment on behalf of the Board, Ayinde noted that, with the low vision devices, infant blindness would be detected and treated at the early stage, saying, it would also help in providing comprehensive eye services to children between the ages of 0 month to 14 years.
He said the equipment, when installed, would help in providing insight into the best ways of treating any defect in the eye, thereby reducing avoidable blindness and visual impairment among children in the State.
Also speaking at the event, the Director, Health Services of the Board, Dr. Folashade Fashina, admonished health practitioners to be more proactive while discharging their duties and make good use of the devices for efficient health care service delivery, which he said, remains paramount to the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government.
Appreciating the teams for the gesture, the Medical Director, State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Dr. Kayode Oladehinde, promised that the equipment would be efficiently used for the purpose it was provided.
Responding, the team leader, Eleta Eye Institute, Mr. Daniel Anthony, disclosed that selected teachers in the State public schools have been trained to conduct screening for their pupils/students before referring them to the hospital for eye treatment, adding that, the institute was targeting the less privileged children who could not afford the cost of treatment.