Dr. Chimnecherem Onyeachu, a member of the National Youth Service Corps, serving at the General Hospital, Omu-Aran in Kwara State, has treated 150 students of different secondary schools in the Irepodun LGA of the state of eye ailment.
The 3-day eye treatment programme was organised by Onyeachu as his community development project in conjunction with a member of the House of Representatives representing Isin/Ekiti/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency, Raheem Olawuyi.
According to findings, Olawuyi provided the drugs and the reading glasses distributed to the secondary school students.
The corps member, who stated that the project was one of the true heartbeats of NYSC scheme, stated that he willingly decided to treat eye defects in students and to create awareness on the need for proper eye care.
“In the somplest terms, visual impairment is a decreased ability to see to a degree that can cause the affected individual difficulty with normal daily activities such as driving, reading, socialising and walking.
“According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 80 per cent of visual impairments globally is considered avoidable.
“In school-aged children, refractive error is the most common cause of visual impairments, especially in rural areas. In such areas, no measures are taken to reduce their burden in the community,” Onyeachu stated.
Olawuyi, who was represented by Dr. Seyi Adigun, stated that he teamed up with the corps member to improve health of pupils in his constituent, adding that apart from Onyeachu’s primary assignment as a corps member, he had dedicated himself to providing free eye screening for thousands of pupils in the area.