Two Non-Governmental Organizations, the Eye Care Aid Foundation and Vision spring, have donated 10,000 eye glasses to residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with support from the ACT Foundation.
The Programme Manager, Eye Care Aid Foundation, Mr Diamond Abah, while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said the gesture was to give strong advocacy on protecting the eyes.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the 2023 theme of the World Sight Day is tagged:” Love your Eyes at Work”.
Abah noted that the foundation would be screening 20,000 residents of the territory and dispense 10,000 glasses to them.
“Eye care is passionate about taking care of the eyes of people. As individuals if you cannot see, you cannot read and if you cannot read you cannot be progressive in life.
“Readers, they say, are leaders and we want to make sure that people are able to see and read.
”In this advancement of technology, everybody is looking at the screen either the phone screen, TV screen. Those lights coming from the screens affect the eyes so we must be able to provide reading glasses to people so they will be able to see,” he said.
Abah called on the government to support through the provision of basic logistics to be able to move round to deliver on their mandate.
“We started this journey in March 2023 and we have been going from one community to another in FCT and the government can do a lot by giving us means of mobility because we have glasses already.
“We have been mandated to screen 20,000 residents and dispense 10,000 glasses so we need finances to move around and manpower and basic logistics to be able to dispense these glasses,” he added