Lagos State Government has warned citizens to avoid patronizing unqualified eye health care personnel and quacks while seeking eye health care services. This is just as the State government advocated the need for regular eye checks to prevent irreversible blindness that may be caused by Glaucoma and other blinding conditions.
Speaking after an Awareness Walk organized by the State Ministry of Health to commemorate the Year 2022 World Glaucoma Week in Lagos State, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye explained that patronage of unqualified eye health professionals for eye care services is inimical to the efforts being made by government and relevant stakeholders to reduce the prevalence of avoidable blinding eye conditions.
Ogboye noted that the theme of the Year 2022 World Glaucoma Week – “The World is Bright Save Your Sight”, brings to fore the need for citizens to take responsibility and good care of their eyes to prevent vision impairment and irreversible blindness which is caused by Glaucoma and other blinding eye conditions.
He said: “The eye is a very delicate organ in the body that requires proper attention and treatment by licensed eye healthcare professionals. The eye is such a precious gift to all human beings and it is something we must pay particular attention to.
“I would say to anybody that patronizes quacks for their eye health care needs to make a re-evaluation of how important their eyes are. I know how important my eyes are to me, and I definitely won’t be submitting it to just anybody to look at and I certainly won’t be inserting any fluid or drug that is not recommended”
Ogboye stated that the Awareness Walk organized by the Ministry of Health to commemorate this year’s World Glaucoma Week is targeted towards creating awareness and sensitizing the populace on the dangers of Glaucoma as a silent killer of the sight.
“Glaucoma is one of those blinding eye conditions that just creeps against you. You may not even be aware it is happening to you until you lose your sight. Glaucoma has to do with raised intraocular pressure which changes the shape of the eyeball in a way that forces it to detach from the nerve at the back of the eyes that transmits images through to the brain, and so ones that is detached, there is no way anybody can correct it.
“This is one case where prevention is much better than cure. And the best way to prevent it is to make sure you get your eyes pressure checked regularly, at least once a year. That helps you know whether the pressure in your eyes is high before you start to have advanced glaucoma, impaired vision or loss of vision”, he explained.
While restating the commitment of the present administration to reduction of avoidable blindness, Ogboye averred that the State Government will reinvigorate and promote eye health education as well increase access to eye care services across the State.
Speaking in the same vein, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Director, Medical Administration, Training and Programs in the Ministry of Health, Dr Funmilayo Shokunbi explained blindness caused by glaucoma is irreversible and has no cure but can be successfully managed if detected early enough.
Emphasizing the need for regular eye check as preventive measure against Glaucoma, Shokunbi noted that citizens who are over age 40, have family members with glaucoma, have high intraocular (eye) pressure or have had an eye injury or eye surgery are at risk of Glaucoma.
“Citizens who are farsighted or nearsighted, use long-term steroids medications, have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, poor blood circulation or other health problems affecting the whole body are also at risk of Glaucoma”, She added.
She disclosed that the Ministry of Health is organizing free eye screening and intraocular pressure checks for public servants including members of the Lagos State Executive Council, Body of Permanent Secretaries as well as civil servants as part of activities for the weeklong World Glaucoma commemoration in Lagos State.
The Nigeria police force, Lagos state command says the driver of the Bus Rapid Transport(BRT) who was implicated in the alleged abduction of the 21 year old Ayanwole Oluwabamise is now in their custody.
This is coming amid news that the missing lady a fashion designer who was visiting her brother in Oshodi area having boarded the BRT at Chevron axis on 26th February was found lying along Carter bridge by Ogogoro community dead and left her half naked on the bridge.
Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu in a statement Monday explained that the family of the bereaved was contacted , they confirmed that the body as that of late Ayanwoole ,the missing member of their family. The body has been deposited at the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba Lagos.
Meanwhile the commissioner of police Abiodu Alaba has comiserated with the bereaved family over the death of their daughter.
*Coming Soon: Soludo’s One Million High Yielding Palm Seedlings.*
Currently, 84% of global palm oil supply is shared between Indonesia and Malaysia. Nigeria, Columbia and others make up the remaining percentage. United States, China, India, EU and Pakistan are the biggest off takers.The global market value is 61.1 billion USA dollars. Apart from getting back to once again be a global player in this industry, Cee Cee Soludo wants to use the free distribution of high yielding Palm Seedlings to lift many households/farmers from the stranglehold of poverty.
Soludo is guided in this by his belief that our greatness lies in our rich past. He is therefore picking up the pieces from where Dr. Michael Okpara’s administration stopped and his eyes are firmly focused on the entire value chain. So every year, his government will procure one million high yielding farm seedlings and distribute same free of charge to 100,000 farmers/households. Each farmer gets 10 free seedlings that start producing from 2- 4 years. It is estimated that in 4 years, the farmer would have gotten about 40 seedlings. This will adequately enable such household/farmer to escape from poverty. This will be an empowerment programme not just for the farmers but thousands that will be involved in the value chain business.
Fortunately, palm oil demand continues to grow because it is the most versatile of all vegetable oils. Palm oil can be processed to a wide range of products with melting points, consistencies and characteristics. Global conglomerates such as Lever Brothers are noteable off takers of the products at the corporate level.
However Quality consultant Mrs Ngozi Ekwueme counsels ,” as the seedlings are being distributed, the farmers should be trained on global gap requirements for safe crop. The ministry of Agriculture workers should also be trained to know what they should be doing in supervision. This will be able to make them keep track of all the fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals used in the plantation till havest time. This will ensure acceptance in the global market”
The good news is that Soludo is rapidly demonstrating by his actions thus far that sound economics is excellent politics. So like the Anambra footwear industry, like the palm oil industry. More are coming our way as we journey to our Liveable and prosperous Anambra smart Megacity.
A total of 306 Nigerians have been evacuated to Nigeria by the Federal Government as a result of the hostilities in Ukraine as they arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, 2:35am. On Sunday, march 6th 2022.
They were brought home onboard Air Peace from Budapest, Hungary where they had crossed over to safety from Ukraine.
This is the 4th batch of returnees in the on-going evacuation approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other agencies are presently attending to the returnees.
While welcoming the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government, Director General of NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed informed them that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved for the evacuation back home to safety and also provided a sum of USD$100 to be given to each of them in aid of their transportation to their various locations.
The DG NEMA who was represented by the Director Search and Rescue Air Commodore Edward Adedokun further informed the returnees that arrangement has also been made for a night accommodation for them to rest before continuing to their homes while others are being picked up by their relations.
The returnees were received on behalf of the Federal Government by the Director General of NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed who was represented by the Director Search and Rescue Air Edward Adedokun along with representatives of all stakeholders involved in the reception at the airport.
The total number of Nigerians evacuated from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries so far is now sum up to one thousand and eighty five persons.
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2023 Presidency: Resign & declare or Stick to your Job – HEDA writes Emefiele, gives 14 day ultimatum.
Following speculations on the possibility that the governor of central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele to run for the presidency come 2023, the Human & Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has given the CBN governor a 14 ultimatum to resign from his position and pursue his Political ambition (if he interested) or disassociate himself Publicly from such speculations and stick to his job.
In a letter written and copied to the president, Muhammadu Buhari and the president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawal, the chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, who acknowledged that Godwin Emefiele has a constitutional right to contest for any election in Nigeria, including that of President, wants him to take a stand now than keeping Nigeria at sea.
“It has been widely published in the media that the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele is planning to contest in the 2023 general election to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a group by the name The Green Alliance recently addressed the press on the subject matter of Emefiele for President.
“By virtue of being the Governor of the apex bank in Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele is not eligible to contest for any election in Nigeria or participate in politics. By the provisions of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, he is statutorily barred from participating in politics or engaging in any other business for that matter.
“Section 9 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act provide thus: “The Governor and the Deputy Governors shall devote the whole of their time to the service of the Bank and while holding office shall not engage in any full or part time employment or vocation whether remunerated or not except such personal or charitable causes as may be determined by the Board and which do not conflict with or detract from their full time duties.”
Suraju maintained that HEDA being the leading Anti-Corruption civil society organization in Nigeria and Non-partisan Human Rights and Development league with the mandate to protect and promote universally recognized human rights, public accountability, transparency and environmental justice in Nigeria and Africa, in accordance with International best standards, would continue to work assiduously to keep to its mandate.
He advised the CBN Governor to either come out publicly and dissociate himself from the campaign or pursuit of your ambition of contesting for any election while in office and if he insist on contesting, he should adhere to the CBN Act and resign honourably within the next 14 days from the date of receipt of the letter, saying, “We trust that you shall fully comply with the law and do what is best for the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”he affirmed.