Over 600,000 Residents Benefit From Lagos Free Eye Screening Exercise
Mar 13, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday disclosed that over 200,000 pair of medical and special order glasses have been provided to over 600,000 thousand residents of Lagos who have been screened under the free eye screening and surgery programme of the present government.
According to Governor Fashola who spoke at Epe General Hospital, Epe venue of the 3-day Jigi bola free eye care programme, another 12,110 people from all local governments in the state have benefited from surgical interventions under the programme which has been remodeled to use the local government levels as the new unit of implementation.
The Governor added that at the Epe local Government, 570 people were screened during the three day exercise, with 107 of them undergoing surgeries while 34 others are already in the glaucoma end stage which necessitates getting medical attention always.
He added that the state government has considerably strengthened its capacity for efficient eye care delivery at the grassroots through the training of 105 primary eye care workers in the state over the last eight months.
In addition, Governor Fashola said this administration has established and equipped 96 primary eye care units to offer primary eye care services with six of such centres under the Epe zone.
He assured the people that the present administration would continue with Lagos State eye care programme and see it evolve into a sustainable programme of world class standard.
In his words: “During the campaigns for my election into office, I promised you continuity if you elect me with your votes. You are now reaping the benefits of continuity in terms of the free eye screening programme”.
Governor Fashola said in line with sustenance of the programme, the eye unit of the Epe General Hospital and six others all over the state that have already been designated to offer secondary eye care services will be upgraded and standardized in terms of equipment and adequate staffing to serve the good people of Lagos better.
The Lagos State helmsman urged everyone living in Epe and its environs in need of eye care attention to take advantage of the facilities provided at both the primary and secondary level for the benefit of the public.
He listed the services available to include the early detection of eye conditions that may lead to blindness, eye health education, free treatment of common eye conditions such as conjunctivitis at the primary health clinics and prompt referral of more difficult cases and those requiring surgery to the Epe General Hospital , Epe eye unit.
He urged the people to exercise patience as the State is looking at industries it can site in the Epe area, adding that he would ensure that Epe General Hospital and Epe area gets ambulance response services always.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris informed that as part of the restructuring which the free eye treatment programme has undergone, certain areas like Epe and Ojo Badagry zones which were underserved in the past because they had no permanent structure for eye care service delivery will receive special attention.
In their testimonies, one of the beneficiaries, Pa Fasasi Salami who is in his eighties thanked Governor Babatunde Fashola for the free eye treatment programme, saying the whole operation was done free of charge.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Dada Isaac said he was diagnosed of glaucoma over three years but could not afford the bill of undergoing an operation in a private hospital since then until now when Governor Fashola came to his rescue with a free treatment.
The Governor later went round the wards and units of the General Hospital were he saw and chatted with some of those recuperating from surgical operation.