Mothers have been charged to complete the immunization schedule of their children, in order to prevent them from going blind in the future.
The Head, Eye Unit, State Primary Health Care Development Board, Mr. Tola Aina, gave this charge during an awareness campaign in Abeokuta to commemorate this year’s World Sight Day, organised by the State Government in collaboration with Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), Ogun State Chapter, with the theme, ‘’Universal Eye Care Everywhere’’.
Aina said the campaign was to sensitize people on the need to put in place measures to prevent visual impairment, adding that, reducing sight challenges among the citizens of the State, with available human and materials resources, remained the priority of the present administration.
‘’There is medical facilities in all nooks and crannies of the State to cater for the eye, and therefore, it will be advisable for anyone seeking eye care to contact the available health facilities across the State,’’ he added.
The State Chairman, Ophthalmologic Society of Nigeria, Dr. Haroun Ajibode, advised people with eye challenges not to indulge in self medication, but should contact relevant and available Ophthalmologist for effective eye care, cautioning against patronising quacks, who could complicate their problems.
In her submission, the Chairman, State Eye Health Committee and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Dr. Oluwatoni Onabolu, maintained that 70 percent of learning depended on vision, calling on mothers to vaccinate and also provide nutritional diet for their children’s well-being.
She said sight was one of the organs that developed within the first three weeks of pregnancy, stressing the need for pregnant women to take balance diet, avoid alcohol and engaging in stressful activities that could injure their unborn child, particularly their visual growth.
In her contribution, the Chairman, Nigeria Ophthalmic Causes Association, Mrs. Mojisola Bankole, charged parents to guide their wards from playing with any sharp object in order to prevent them from physical injury, imploring them to ensure that chemicals like acid and breast milk are not administered in the eye.
Also speaking, the Consultant Ophthalmologist, Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Dr. Oladapo Awodehin, emphasized the importance of the eye as the light of the body, noting that, without it, the body would be consumed by darkness. She advocated for adequate and regular eye check, at least twice a year as a measure to reduce the rate of blindness.