To commemorate the World Sight Day, Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club, Lions International, District 404B2 Nigeria, has assisted about 200 residents in Alausa community, Ikeja, Lagos with an initiative that featured screening, donation of eyeglasses, distribution of eye drops and drugs.
Speaking at the programme, President of the club, Lion Alo Michael, described the project as one of the five core service initiatives of Lions International called “Vision”. Others are screening of diabetes patients, feeding the hungry and environmental projects, among others.
“In case anyone is discovered to have cataract, he or she would be given referral to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where we put up a structure and there are doctors on ground to attend to patients.
“We were in this community before when we conducted free tests and administered drugs on diabetes. We promised we would always support them and here we are today again,” he said.
The president disclosed that the club has in the pipeline, another core project on pediatric cancer and they hope to do something for the pediatric hospital.
According to him, the club would also be fixing a digital library for a school in Agidingbi. Michael, who advised beneficiaries to also stretch their helping hands to others, would like to be remembered as a president who played his part in lending helping hands to others. Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club Service Chairperson, Lion Jamiu Mustapha said each month is allotted to a project which the club ensures is carried out accordingly.
One of the opticians on ground, Dr. Bruno Ugochukwu Omu of Eyelanders Eye Clinic, said a lot of factors are responsible for eye defects which include climate, exposure to screens among others, adding that constant eye screening would eradicate preventable blindness.
He said three types of cataracts which include infertile, juvenile and senile cataracts could be congenital, accumulation of dirt on the lens, some food taken among others, hence eyes should be protected.
“A lot of things we eat in Nigeria are filled with oxidants which are food filled with carbonic elements that cause damage to the eye.
“Hence, we advise people to take fruits that are rich with vitamin A and food with antioxidants. Fish and egg are also rich in vitamin A,” Omu said.
One of the beneficiaries, Olutunde Samson Yemi, appreciated the club and prayed for them to prosper.