Experts have called on citizens of Jigawa state to engage in regular check up of their eyes to prevent the likelihood of suffering from glaucoma.
They gave the charge at a Walk in the Jigawa state capital as part of advocacy to raise awareness on the eye condition that causes total blindness.
Glaucoma falls among a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of the eye called the optic nerve.
Studies have shown that Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.
78 million people suffer from the condition globally and there are fears that the figure may spike to 120 million by 2040
In Nigeria, statistics have it that 16 per cent of the population suffer from the condition.
It has also been established that about 1.8 million citizens of over 40 years suffer from glaucoma with almost 360000 of them blind in both eyes.
Broken down, one in every 20 Nigerians aged 40 years and above has glaucoma and one in five end up blind.
March 12th to 18th every year is designated the glaucoma week to intensify awareness on the disease.
The Jigawa state government alongside stakeholders embark on this Walk and Road show to stress the need for residents to priotise their vision.
The experts insist poverty is not an excuse to go blind.
NYSC TAKES HEALTH OUTREACH TO MALAYSIA IDPS’ CAMP IN ABUJA
Internationally displaced persons at the Malaysia IDP Centre in Abuja are clamoring for a free medical centre at their camp due to their inability to access urgent medical care when needed.
They made the call at the flagoff of the 2023 edition of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers
The Initiative is in keeping with the NYSC’s resolve to enhance healthcare delivery for Nigerians.
The NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers was conceptualised in 2014, as a programme designed to provide accessible, free and timely health care interventions to Nigerians especially rural dwellers.
It complements the efforts of government at tackling the health challenges of the indigent rural dwellers by taking quality health care service directly to their doorsteps.
Under this programme, the scheme deploys the expertise of corps medical personnel such as Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses and Laboratory Scientists to render primary health care services to its rural communities.
The scheme is flagging this year’s edition in Abuja with a free medical checkup for internally displaced persons at the Malaysia IDP Centre even as their partners promise more collaboration for the scheme.
Ahmed Ibrahim is the secretary of Malaysia IDP Centre.
He narrates the difficulties he and other IDPs go through to get medical care.
He calls on the government to consider their plight and provide a free medical center for easy accessibility.
The intervention which is a quarterly programme will last for five days and It is done simultaneously nationwide.
Environmental sustainability: NES seeks signing of institute of environmental practitioners bill
The sixteenth national president of the Nigerian environmental society Efegbidiki Okobia says he will use his office to push for the signing of the institute of environmental practitioners’ bill into law.
This is expected to regulate and professionalize environmental practices and practitioners in the country.
The Nigerian environment like many across the globe is faced with several environmental challenges, expanding to further parts of the earth
Experts have continued to grapple with this situation and find practicable solutions to contain the spread.
This investiture ceremony of the 16th national president of the Nigerian environmental society is taking place to ensure that contributions on environmental sustainability in the country are on the front burner of environmental responses
This is starting with a push to get the bill for the institute of environmental practitioners signed by the president Muhammadu Buhari.
Experts here highlight the need for a healthy environment which in turn translates to health and national security improvements
The NES has stressed the need for sustainable environmental practices in the country, adding that environmental responsiveness cannot be over emphasized.