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Vision screening and vitamin A distribution in Achina and Owerre Akokwa, Nigeria

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The towns of Achina and Owerre Akowa are located in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where I worked before. People there will remember for a long time the days in April 2005 when the eye care team visited the places for a broad vision screening program in the community. The team was a part of the organization “Eye Care Relief Unit”, a self-help group of eye care practitioners, optometrists and doctors. Prior to the visits, the program was repeatedly publicized in the parishes and local churches, a fact that gave it a great boost. Also the supply of 1,500 vitamin A capsules by SIGHT AND LIFE helped to give a good start for the program. The Eye Care Relief Unit program had four cardinal steps: eye examination; diagnosis, treatment and management of any problem; prescription (and dispensing) of drugs and eye glasses; and education and counseling of patients. We were armed with basic equipment for eye care such as trial cases, visual acuity charts, near charts, ophthalmoscopes, sphygmomanometer, stethoscopes, tonometer, pen touch, etc.

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Year 2006
Authors Okechukwu Egboluhe
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/WJFD6677
DOI Number 10.52439/WJFD6677
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