The Federal Government of Nigeria, has formed a partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, to provide more than 5 million pairs of eyeglasses to Nigerians with sight impairments.
This initiative was discussed yesterday in Abuja, during the National Eye Health Programme & the Peek Vision Foundation, who have pledged to help reduce the suffering of people with problem of the sight.
According to a survey done by the ministry, more than 24 million Nigerians are battling with varying degrees of vision impairments.
In 2001, when President Tinubu was the Governor of Lagos State, he initiated a visionary “Jigi Bola” programme, where he provided free eye screenings and surgeries to Lagosians.
The President, through his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale told the public why he is so invested in eye care services, “My first experience was with my mother of blessed memory. She was ill and she could not recognise me. When I intervened, she was treated and given a pair of glasses, The next question she asked me was: I have you, and you are able to do this for me. What about those other women and their children who may not have somebody like you to intervene for them?