The National Optometric Association, NOA, is in Calabar, Cross River State for a three-day conference, in which more than 400 people have benefited from a free glaucoma outreach.
The outreach was organised in Adiabo community, Odukpani local government area of the State.
The female wing of the association known as Women Optometrist in Nigeria, WON, conducted free eye care services, which also included a sensitisation on the need for constant medical eye and other checkups.
According to Dr. Ozy Okonokhua, the National President of NOA, “the free medical outreach was part of our corporate social responsibility in view of the fact that we are holding the annual national conference here in Calabar”.
“We are offering these services to our host community and this would also accelerate our efforts to help citizens prevent avoidable blindness,” Okonokhua explained.
Access to healthcare
He hinted that the free eye service was held at the community level as a means of enabling those without the financial abilities to have access to healthcare services.
A beneficiary of the outreach, Mrs. Victoria Ene praised the association for the gesture which she noted was a relief to people like her, who could not afford to pay for such services.
“I thank God for bringing these doctors here. I was tested and immediately after, the doctor prescribed medicated glasses for me. I received my glasses without delay. I am glad that the bad vision is now clear with the aid of the medicated glasses,” Ene said.
The event is holding at the Calabar International Convention Centre, CICC.