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By Amina Ahmed
Bauchi –  The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State Council, has conducted eye screening for more than 300 of its members to commemorate World Sight Day celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the screening exercise is in collaboration with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH).
The state Chairman of the council, Malam Ibrahim Malam-Goje, said the exercise was to commemorate the world sight day.
Malam-Goje said that it was also an opportunity for journalists in the state to check their sights in view of the fact that they are exposed to computers, lap tops, tablets, etc, in performing their duties.
“Journalists use computers among other gadgets to discharge their duties, as such their sights are exposed to the adverse rays.
“According to research, out of 10 people that come in contact with computer, four are always diagnose with one eye problem or the other.
“Hence, there is the need for eye screening and treatment,’’ he said.
Malam-Goje commended the ATBU-TH medical team for partnering with NUJ to conduct the exercise, adding that it will help towards diagnosing and improving the sights of beneficiaries.
The chairman said that the screening entailed free medical services including screening, provision of eye glasses and medication.
He said that those diagnosed with major ailments would be advised and referred to hospital for further treatment.
The leader of the medical team, Dr Hafsat Isa, said the commemoration of World Sight Day was to scale up enlightenment about eye health to the public.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of this year’s celebration is: “Making Vision Count”. (NAN)

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