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Experts Implore Govt To Provide Adequate Training In Ophthalmic Nursing by katty : October 05, 2018, 11:20:39 AM
Mr Godwin Manema, the Chairman, National Chairman of Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association (NONA), Lagos Chapter, urged government at all levels to provide adequate training for ophthalmic nurses in the country.

Manama said this on the sideline of the 32nd Annual National Scientific Workshop and General Meeting organised by the association on Thursday in Lagos.

NIGERIA NEWS reports that theme of the conference was: “Prevention of Blindness in Nigeria, The Way Forward”.

According to him, there was need for the government to provide adequate training for ophthalmic nurses due to increase in the demand for eye care delivery from developing nations, especially in Nigeria.

“Opthalmic nurses can play a significant role in the process of teaching people and providing proper diagnosis, administration and management of eye cases.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017 estimated that 253 million people live with vision impairment, 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment.

“Globally, chronic eye diseases are the main causes of vision loss, uncorrected refractive error and unoperated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment.

“Unoperated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low and middle income countries.

“Other causes of blindness includes; glaucoma, aged related macular degeneration and diabetic rectinopathy,’’ he said.

Manema said that over 80 per cent of all vision impartation could be prevented or cured if detected early.

“This is the main reason we always create awareness for regular eye screening with good eye centre.

“In 1999, the global initiative vision 2020 the “Right to Sight” was established as a partnership between WHO and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness.

“The initiative has promoted WHO’s strategy for the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment which is based on disease control and human resource development,” he said.

Also, a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Festus Oshoba, said that both the public and private health institutions needed to improve on eye care service delivery across the country.

Oshoba, who works with Ladkem Eye Hospital, Surulere, said that the provision of more eye service centres would help create more awareness on causes and prevention of eye problems.

“The most important way to inform the people is to enable them to realise that major eye problems that can lead to blindness, such as cataract and glaucoma, can be prevented through early detection,’’ he said.

Source : Nigeria News

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