The Ogun State Government has assured that it would continue to partner stakeholders in the provision of efficient health care service delivery to the citizenry, particularly, the children, in order to ensure their proper growth and well-being.
The Permanent Secretary, State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, through the Board’s Press Officer, Mrs. Busayo Malaolu, 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.
Director, Health Services of the Board, Dr. Folashade Fashina, who also spoke during the ceremony, 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 she 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.
He added that the institute was targeting the less privileged children who could not afford the cost of treatment.