Abuja – The International Federation of Lions Club District 404A2 on Saturday installed ‘self-test vision corridor’ in Wuse Market, Abuja, to reduce the burden of visual impairment by residents.
Mr Ephraim Akwaowu, the District Governor of 404A2, said the installation was geared toward reducing the cost of accessing health care facilities by the people in a bid to ascertain their actual eye status.
Akwaowu said the overall goal was to reduce the burden of visual impairment and improve productivity, adding that the facility would avail Nigerians opportunity to conduct free eye screening.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the association also donated free medicated glasses to management of the market among others that have eye challenges.
The DG said the intervention was part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibilities to give sight to the sightless, hope to the hopeless and to assist the less privilege in the society.
“The organisation was established for service to the less privilege; we keep our society peaceful and are partners to make life easier for the masses.
“The market was chosen because of it strategic location and large number of people that visit the area.
“If everybody that comes to the market could screen their eyes they will be able to know whether they have eye defects or not.
“If they have eye problems they can proceed to the hospitals to remedy their visual problem,” he said.
Dr Ozy Okonokhua, former Committee Chairman for sight in the region, who decried the recession in the country, said the vision corridor would assist to boost productivity of the populace.
According to him, if they screen their eyes and get the defect corrected they will be able to contribute maximally to the nation’s development.
Mr Ibrahim Yahaya-Joe, Manager of the Market commended the organisation and urged other philanthropists to emulate the gesture.
Yahaya-Joe emphasised that the intervention would assist the government on its outreach geared toward reduction of visual impairment burden in the country.
“I commended this group who came from diverse backgrounds. This is what we want in this country, to promote togetherness, unity and fellowship.
“We want others to take a cue and chat a course toward service to humanity,” he said