//Shola Ojo with NYSC//
As part of his community development services to his host community, Member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Dr. Emelike Henry on Thursday began screening of 2,000 Kaduna residents who suffer eye problem.
The 2015 batch “B” Corps Dr., who is serving in Kaduna South LGA, said the screening and subsequent treatment was part of his community development initiatives and would be given to residents in rural communities of the LGA.
According to him, medical screnning to be provided include; Optometric vision screening, free comprehensive eye test, free reading glasses treatment and dispensing of drugs and vision aids for the communities
The exercise which was tagged, “Good Sight, Healthy Vision” because many of residents have deteriorated eye conditions due to inadequate funds to buy prescribed medication even after consultation.
“The screening was part of the lunch of Vision 20/2020 by the World Health Organisation(WHO) with the slogan – The Right To Sight.
“The aim of the vision 20/2020 global initiative is to eliminate the main causes of all preventable and treatable blindness.
“One way to achieve this is by increasing the awareness of the general public as well as implementation of specific progammes to control and treat the major causes of blindness.
“The mantra ”Health is wealth” is an established fact and it is only when people are healthy they can strive towards survival and maximum productivity.
“The eye is not only the window to our soul, but sight is the chief of all senses in the human body and we all can go any lenght to protect and preserve it.
“Anything that impairs our vision resuls to incapacitation and affects our survival and productivity directly or indirectly”, he noted.