Abuja - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has urged Nigerians to ensure their eye healthcare was carried out only by qualified professionals to avoid complications.
The governor said many Nigerians do a lot of damage to their eyes by visiting quacks undertaking self medication. “We run to anybody who claims to be an eye specialist when we have problem with our eyes, this has worsened the eye challenges in our society. We need to be properly educated on whom to see in the healthcare system when we have eye problems” he said.
He gave the advice when members of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN) Delta State Chapter visit him in Asaba, the state capital
Uduaghan asked the State Ministry of Health to ensure private eye practitioners were properly registered.
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“They should state it in their sign posts whether it is an optician, ophthalmologists, optometrist, and ophthalmic nurses.”
Uduaghan advised medical professionals to stick to their areas of specialization and refer patients to other professionals who can better manage the challenges.
Meanwhile, he commended the society on the celebration of the 2015 World Glaucoma Week and urged Nigerians to always check their eyes as Glaucoma was a silent problem.
“Most of us don't bother checking our eyes until we have problems, when you have eye challenges it is not time to go to the chemist to buy yeast or vitamin A and put in the food. Please when you sense something see the eye healthcare professionals who can diagnose and treat the eye challenges,” the governor stressed.
- CAJ News