FG to add eye treatment to primary health services

The federal health ministry says it will integrate eye care into primary health care services and reach underserved people in remote areas.

Afekhinde Omoti, National Chairman of the Ministry’s Eye Health Committee, made the announcement in Abuja on Thursday during a media engagement in commemoration of World Sight Day 2022.

“Previously, as part of its commitment to prevent avoidable vision loss, the country developed the National Eye Health Policy in 2019, which was adopted by the states and the Federal Capital Territory. The National Eye Health Policy provides a framework for collective leadership to scale up eye care delivery at all levels of care,” Mr. Omoti said. “It will provide an interface for all stakeholders to galvanize action for eye care development. It is also a sustainable approach to achieving equitable access to quality eye care and strengthening the Nigerian health system towards universal health coverage.

According to him, the goal is to achieve this goal through the integration of primary eye care into primary health care in “our health system, thereby reaching the underserved in remote areas of this country.”

He explained that the policy would help to improve the accessibility of women and the elderly to eye care since they are the most affected and that under his leadership the ministry incorporated the policies into the manuals “National Primary Eye Care Trainer and Trainee” through the stakeholder input collective.

Mr. Omoti further said that the policy provides a framework for collective leadership to scale up eye care delivery at all levels of care and provide an interface for all stakeholders.

(NOPE)

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