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Expert advocates inclusion of glaucoma study in school curriculum



Dr. Taoheed Abdullahi


Government at all levels have been urged to  introduce and integrate the study of glaucoma at the primary and secondary school levels so as to sensitize the youths in particular about the eye disease.

A medical Dr. Taoheed Abdullahi stated I’m an interview with journalists in Ilorin the Kwara State capital stressing that such study needed to be included much earlier in the school curriculum, ROYAL NEWS reports.
Dr. Abdullahi who is also an Ophthalmologist at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin lamented that the burden of glaucoma is not well felt , well known and well addressed by the government and members of the public like other diseases such as HIV but described the eye disease as a silent invisible killer which easily leads to blindness hence needed maximum sensitization .
He commended the Kwara state government for providing conducive environment during the recently concluded world wide glaucoma week which also took place in the state capital and called on Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) to support in enlightening members of the public about the disease and provision of logistic support and transportation .
Abdullahi herefore stressed the need for Nigerians to check their eyes regularly or at most  yearly to know the status of their  sights to guide against having the glaucoma which could lead to irreversible blindness if not quickly discovered.
“During the recent glaucoma week held in the state,  260 eyes of patients were treated within four hours, 10 eyes were confirmed to have the disease while 56 eyes were suspected to have glaucoma.
“It was also discovered that some patients have cataract and are ignorant about it as well as other eye challenges. Stakeholders and experts across the world are not relenting in finding solutions and early discovery to the eye problem”, he added.

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