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FUTO holds free eye treatment for host communities

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Host communities of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO rejoiced recently as the Vice Chancellor kicked-off a two-day free medical treatment for the indigenes, Thursday 23rd to Friday 24th July, 2015 at St. John’s Anglican Church, Ihiagwa.

Speaking during the programme, the Outreach Co-ordinator and lecturer in the Optometry Department, Dr. Young Azuama said that FUTO decided to provide eye care services to host communities with the help of the lecturers of the Optometry Department in order to help detect and control eye problems and in so doing eliminate blindness in the affected communities. This, he explained, was in line with World Health Organization’s (WHO) vision 2020 programme.

Dr. Azuama said that the main eye problems he has discovered so far are cataract which appears to be the problem among the older ones, glaucoma, cornea opacity and macular degeneration. He said that the problems differ from one person to another. Some require glasses, others require surgery. Those who require surgery were directed to an ophthalmologist. Some require drugs and constant check-up.

Dr. Azuama said that cataract develops due to negligence, smoke, accidents, effects of drugs and at times age, adding that  this starts manifesting from the age of 40 and above it  and continues to deteriorate until the patient can’t see again. I can however be reduced with the help of anti-oxidant.

One of the “student doctors” who participated in the program, , Mrs. Amachiree Lilian, said she discovered that most of the older people she examined had presbyobia which implies that they cannot see tiny letters and therefore were advised to use recommended glasses.

One of the patients thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka for sponsoring and catering for the host communities through the free eye medical treatment and supply of drugs to them. He expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and the school management for the kind gesture. 


 

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