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Dr. Egwabor with some of the beneficiaries.


A non-governmental organization known as Health and Development Services (Hands) said it has distributed over 2,000 free eyeglasses to students across the 17 local government area of Plateau State within two years.

Representative of the organization, Dr. Egwabor Dominic stated this at the last lap of the presentation of the free eyeglasses to over 100 students of Boys Secondary School and Girls High School Gindiri in Mangu LGA of Plateau State.

He stated that the two years exercise which ends by December 2019, by the organization across the state is aimed at curbing the menace of reversible causes of blindness among people in the society.

“Some of the parents never knew their children have issues with their visual, either they cannot see from afar or they cannot see clearly to read their books, so this is something we hope for the parents to continue from where we stop because the children have to be examine on yearly basis and also the glasses need to be review yearly” Dr. Egwabor said.

He advised that if people have issue with their eyes, they should visit any eye clinic to see a specialist on that, instead of going for self medication to avoid more damage to their eyes or any complications.

“We have a very high rate of reversible and irreversible causes of blindness, the reversible one are cause by cataract and defective virus, but the irreversible which to some extend, discovered early can be taking care of is cause by glaucoma.

Glaucoma if cannot be treated at an earlier stage can lead to irreversible blindness” he added.

He called on government at all levels and other sisters organization to also come into play to tackle reversible cause of blindness to a large extend so as to have a country free of blindness.

In their separate remarks, Principals of the two institutions, Dr. Joshua Jabbe and Mrs. Orpah Gonten all applauded the organization for the early discovery and intervention with the free glasses to the affected students, urging the students to make judicious use of the eye glasses to reduce the burden of buying new ones by their parents.

Speaking on behalf of parents, PTA chairmen of the faith based institutions, Rev. Nokshuwan Jidauna and Dr. Joseph Turaki also thanked the NGO and urged the beneficial students to value what was given to them and appealed to management of the schools to enlighten the senior students to handle students with the special glasses with caution because they wear it not for fancy.

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By Mosvin Communications

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