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World Sight Day: Association offers free eyes screening for inmates of Correctional Service, Ikoyi



World Sight Day: Association offers free eyes screening for inmates of Correctional Service, Ikoyi

The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) on Thursday carried out free refractive errors and pathological screening for inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ikoyi, to commemorate the World Sight Day.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that besides the eyes screening, gifts items such as bags of toilet rolls, bathroom slippers, detergent, among others, were given to the inmates.

The South-West Vice President of NOA, Dr Ogechi Nwokedi, said that refractive errors was the highest ranking eye disease globally.

“So, why we are here is that we don’t want to leave anybody behind, because eyes are the windows of the soul.

“We will be focussing on refractive errors, meaning that if we find out that some of them require glasses, either to see things that are far away or to read things that are close to them, they will be given free glasses.

“We are also going to check for pathology which is another thing that ranked high in the global list of causes of visual impairment as well as cataract and glaucoma.

“If we find out that some of them who have itchy eyes and anti-allergy or they require eye drops, we will also provide.

“If any has cataract or glaucoma, we may have to make recommendations to the prisons to see how they can help those ones,’’ Nwokedi said.

Also, the Lagos State Chairman of NOA, Dr John Samssedi, said the decision to include inmates of Ikoyi in the exercise was because its women arm of the association was doing same at Kirikiri Correctional Centres.

“An arm of the association had started something in Kirikiri Section where they service inmates from time to time as we are empowered to do.

“So, we decided to stretch our arms out to all the correctional centres in Lagos State this day, which is the World Sight Day.

“Theme of this year’s celebration is: ‘Vision First’ and we decided that no one will be left out,’’ Samssedi said.

Earlier, the Deputy Controller Correctional Service, Mrs Catharine Babatunde, thanked the association members for their show of love.

“I feel so elated for extending and including inmates as part of those you should render assistance to.

“Though, they are behind the wall, they are not neglected, and we appreciate your coming here today, because this will boost their morale,’’ Babatunde said.

She, therefore, urged Nigerians to always remember the inmates and extend their hands of love to them, adding that not all of them were guilty as charged. (NAN)


Edited by Olagoke Olatoye

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