One Million Nigerians are Blind - Minister of Health

Date: 14-10-2011 9:12 am (12 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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After the Lagos news earlier this week that 2.5 million Nigerians are MAD, now again the MINISTER of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has said that about one million Nigerians are blind and some three million others visually impaired.

He stressed that studies show that women are the most vulnerable and advocated promotion of eye healthcare in order to attain the Millennium Development Goals targets.

Chukwu, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Fatima Bamidele, disclosed this at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja on the World Sight Day with the theme, ‘Eye health and development: A good vision for all to attain the MDGs.’

According to him, over 50 per cent of children who become blind before the age of five may not live to celebrate their sixth birthday.

“Also, improving female gender access to eye care services will ensure access to opportunities for self reliance and contribution to national development,” he said.

Chukwu has also invited a Lagos-based herbal medicine practitioner, Dr. Harts Ugochukwu to verify his claims that he has cure for the dreaded HIV/AIDS disease, and to assist the government in curbing the menace.

In a letter of invitation from the Department of Public Health National AIDS/STDs Control Programme (NASCP) dated September 30, 2011 signed by the National Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Division, Dr. Emeka Asadu, he stated that the attention of the minister has been drawn to his recent interview with a national newspaper claiming that he has cured over 40,000 patients infected with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

He cited the national blindness and low vision survey carried out between 2005 and 2007, which revealed that three million Nigerians are being visually impaired.

“Over 80 per cent of the causes of blindness in Nigeria were avoidable. Fifty per cent of avoidable blindness was attributable to cataract, followed by glaucoma (16 per cent), corneal opacity (12 per cent), trachoma (four per cent), optic Atrophy (three per cent) and refractive error being the major cause of visual impairment,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria has subscribed fully to the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat avoidable blindness known as ‘Vision 2020: The right sight.’

“Blindness affects more women than men; this is related to inequality of opportunity of access to specialized care, and also the disproportionate exposure of women to certain binding diseases compared to men,” he added.

Pastor Chris please come back to Lagos, Nigerians need Healing.


Posted: at 14-10-2011 09:12 AM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- kebella at 14-10-2011 09:14 AM (12 years ago)
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thats means nothing gud come frm naija........why all this Huh?

Posted: at 14-10-2011 09:14 AM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- DHash at 14-10-2011 10:06 AM (12 years ago)
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Haba KEB all this good things no they enter your ears?
Posted: at 14-10-2011 10:06 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kebella at 14-10-2011 10:25 AM (12 years ago)
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which gud things............na so so bad news if not mental na blind Angry

Posted: at 14-10-2011 10:25 AM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Idbabe at 14-10-2011 10:30 AM (12 years ago)
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The health minister nko, can he see?  If so y is mortality rate so high?
Posted: at 14-10-2011 10:30 AM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- cadanre at 14-10-2011 10:34 AM (12 years ago)
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Including the honorouble min star herself.

Posted: at 14-10-2011 10:34 AM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- kebella at 14-10-2011 10:37 AM (12 years ago)
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the man on jessy luk lik ajanni...........ajanni pls i hop ur not blind too Lips Sealed Shocked

Posted: at 14-10-2011 10:37 AM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- kattie77 at 14-10-2011 11:01 AM (12 years ago)
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poster i no gree 4 dis one,its a big fat lie
Posted: at 14-10-2011 11:01 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ebysco at 14-10-2011 11:13 AM (12 years ago)
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poster i no gree 4 dis   NO ITS TRUE MOSTLY IN HOUSA LAND.
Posted: at 14-10-2011 11:13 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Jonso at 14-10-2011 11:18 AM (12 years ago)
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Includes the country's leadership, army, police and all politicians. Wow.
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- Jonso at 14-10-2011 11:20 AM (12 years ago)
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Sorry, I forgot special mention of the Minister Of Health. He too is very blind.
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- kebella at 14-10-2011 12:19 PM (12 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin

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- gloxxy98 at 14-10-2011 12:24 PM (12 years ago)
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one million people blind in one nation. na waooo
God heal our land and have mercy on us.
Posted: at 14-10-2011 12:24 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- kebella at 14-10-2011 12:26 PM (12 years ago)
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Amen

Posted: at 14-10-2011 12:26 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- cadanre at 14-10-2011 12:31 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: kebella on 14-10-2011 10:37 AM
the man on jessy luk lik ajanni...........ajanni pls i hop ur not blind too Lips Sealed Shocked

 Angry Angry Angry Angry

Posted: at 14-10-2011 12:31 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- interpo77 at 14-10-2011 12:35 PM (12 years ago)
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physically and morally blind?its more than that pls,  the minister needs to do that cross checking again,
 starting from him,he is blind, come to benin-ore road, more than 300 thousand blind ppe do pass there on daily bases then , multiply by 36 states+abuja
Posted: at 14-10-2011 12:35 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- cadanre at 14-10-2011 12:43 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: interpo77 on 14-10-2011 12:35 PM
physically and morally blind?its more than that pls,  the minister needs to do that cross checking again,
 starting from him,he is blind, come to benin-ore road, more than 300 thousand blind ppe do pass there on daily bases then , multiply by 36 states+abuja

Kai! Interpor77777777777777 Are you sure you are not drunk?

Posted: at 14-10-2011 12:43 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- kebella at 14-10-2011 12:51 PM (12 years ago)
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 Grin Grin

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- kebella at 14-10-2011 12:52 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: cadanre on 14-10-2011 12:31 PM
Quote from: kebella on 14-10-2011 10:37 AM
the man on jessy luk lik ajanni...........ajanni pls i hop ur not blind too Lips Sealed Shocked

 Angry Angry Angry Angry
Embarrassed Embarrassed

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- Lekan22 at 14-10-2011 02:02 PM (12 years ago)
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God have mercy on Nigeria!
Posted: at 14-10-2011 02:02 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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