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Don challenges govt on vision 2020 eye care target

By Tayo Oredola |   07 January 2016   |   2:02 am  

UNILAG

Professor of ophthalmology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Folasade Akinsola has urged government on the need to sustain Vision 2020 to achieve accessible eye care to everybody.

Akinsola, who said this at the 286th Inaugural Lecture at the University of Lagos, said apart from showcasing her academic journey, “the Inaugural Lecture is geared toward educating and enlightening the general public that, it is more than just two tiny eyes in the front of the head.”

The topic for the Inaugural Lecture was “Ophthalmic care: Wherein A Public Health Ophthalmologist And Medical Trainer.”

Towards the World Health Organization’s (WHO) set goals for Vision 2020 which is the Global Initiative For The Elimination of Avoidable Blindness, she said, in Nigeria, “I can say we have not moved beyond 50 to 60 per cent, so we have done something, but we can do better.”

According to her, “the assessment of eye care in Nigeria is what I can call needs to be improved, we are doing our best, but more needs to be done.”

In her lecture, Akinsola identified cataract and glaucoma as the major cause of eye problems in Lagos State; therefore as part of tackling it and other eye dysfunctions, it is recommended that government intensify the support of the Colleges involved in training specialist in Nigeria and the West African Sub Region.

She told journalists that, though more ophthalmologists need to be trained, “the ones we have are unevenly distributed, we are more in the urban centers than the rural centers, but it should be evenly distributed so that everybody can have access to good eye care.”

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