By Oluwafunke Ishola
The Ipakodo Lions Club in Ikorodu, Lagos State, has conducted free eyes screening and distributed eye glasses to about 100 residents of the area.
Lion Lucky Duru, President of the Club, said at the event on Friday that 80 per cent of all visual impairment could be prevented or cured, if detected early.
Duru noted that sight preservation was one of the major health issues adopted by the Lions Clubs globally to assist the needy and vulnerable in the society.
According to him, Lions Clubs have played a key role in reducing preventable blindness through eyes screening, provision of eyes glasses, surgical interventions, sensitisation on eyes health and strengthening of eye care facilities, among others.
“We partnered with medical professionals and community leaders to screen the residents of Ebute/Ipakodo community to identify those with vision impairments or at risk for vision loss.
“It is our way of giving back to the society, and part of the Club’s activities for the 2020/2021 Lions year,” he said.
Also, Lion Taiwo Anifiowoshe, Project Director of the Club, disclosed that 60 people among those screened were identified as needing eyeglasses, while others were provided with eye drops.
Anifowoshe said that Lions Club’s commitment to preserving the precious gift of sight made vision a priority service of the club for more than a century.
A beneficiary of the Sight Project, Mrs Funmilayo Edema, a retiree, commended the club for its generosity and service to humanity.
“I have challenges with my sight, and was given eye medication to help. The provision of this pair of glasses has made my vision clearer, and I’m happy that I will again be able to read my Bible,” she said
Another beneficiary, Mr Olawunmi Akinola, a Civil Servant, who said that he noticed a decline in his vision as he ages, noted that the eyes glass had helped to improve his vision.
Commenting, Oba Basiru Sotonwa, Sekumade of Ipakodo Kingdom, commended Lions Club for their humanitarian service, and efforts to ensure that corrective vision problems doesn’t hinder people from seeing clearly. (NAN)