BY SUNDAY ISUWA, Abuja
Over 4. 2 million Nigerians are currently living with irreversible blindness, a study conducted by a consultant with the National Eye Centre Kaduna and Teaching Hospital Shika Zaria, Dr Abdullahi Sadiq Mohammed has revealed.
Speaking at the World Sight Day event organised by National Eye Centre Kaduna with the theme “Love Your Eyes,” Mohammed said it is worrying that over 4.2 million Nigerians are living with irreversible blindness.
According to Mohammed, the number is alarming due to poor awareness, use of traditional medication, poor examination culture and lack of resources.
On the role of the National Health Insurance Scheme in reducing irreversible blindness, Mohammed maintained that the scheme caters for only civil servants and few others who can afford it, making the vast majority unable to take care of their sight.
Mohammed stressed that the community based NHIS can take care of the less privileged through strong government partnership.
Mohammed also warned women that eye lashes could lead to irritation or be broken and crack the conier.
“It can tear and change eye colour when not properly used,” Mohammed said.
Earlier, the chairman Medical Advisory Committee Dr Thelma Ndife said, “Our services in National Eye Centre are for the poor, our services are relatively cheap, we are for the poor that’s why we do Community services where we do free or subsidize services, we look at the cases as they come especially cancerous ones and make our decision sometimes we do free services although it depends on the individual cases.”