Federal Government say them dey plan to introduce Primary Eye Care services inside Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) across Nigeria. The intention, na to make sure say people wey dey rural areas fit access better eye care services, so that them no go dey do self-medication anytime they get eye problem.
The national coordinator, National Eye Health Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Oteri Okolo, talk this thing for one event to mark World Sight Day, inside Abuja. She say the National Council on Health don put hand for the plan.
Okolo say the rate of eye problems don bokku, due to poor knowledge of patients inside rural communities on basic steps to take for such situations.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Abdullahi Mashi, confirm say Naija get 0.78 per cent prevalence of blindness in all ages. Say cataract na number one cause of blindness, followed by glaucoma, trachoma, age related macula degeneration, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathies.
The Minister yarn say the outcome of National Blindness and Visual Impairment survey revealed say prevalence of blindness among children of 10-15 years na 0.6 per cent, blindness common among children with measles, vitamin A deficiency and traditional eye medication.