Head, Eye Unit, State Primary Health Care Development Board, Aberokuta, Ogun State, Tola Aina, has urged mothers to complete the immunisation schedule of their children, to prevent them from going blind in the future.
Aina gave the charge during an awareness campaign to commemorate this year’s World Sight Day, organised by the state government in collaboration with the state chapter of Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), with the theme: ‘’Universal Eye Care Everywhere.’’
He said the campaign was to sensitise 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 administration.
OSN Chairman, 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, Chairman, Eye Health Committee and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Oluwatoni Onabolu, maintained that 70 percent of learning depended on vision. She called on mothers to vaccinate and also provide nutritional diet for their children’s well-being.
She said sight is 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 stressful activities that could injure their unborn child, particularly their visual growth.
On her part, Chairman, Nigeria Ophthalmic Causes Association, Mojisola Bankole, urged parents to guide their wards from playing with sharp objects in order to prevent them from physical injury. She urged them to ensure breast milk and chemicals like acid are not administered in the eye.
Also, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Oladapo Awodehin, emphasised the importance of the eye as the light of the body, noting that, without it, the body would be consumed by darkness. She advocated adequate and regular eye check, at least twice a year as a measure to reduce the rate of blindness.