Until one is diagnosed with eye disorder, some can easily overrule or neglect the virtue of eyesight. In Nigeria today, especially in rural areas, where people are being confronted with several eye problems. It could be glaucoma, cataract, age related marcula degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Ocular surface Disease among many other common eye problems. Patients with any form of eye problem requires early screening to determine the condition and proper treatment from trained optometrists and ophthalmologists to avert blindness. Many have lost their sight to due lack of proper treatment or lack of finance to access good treatment while some of these eye disorders remain preventable, yet many are still going blind due to unprofessional optometrist.
The 2021 edition of Chief/ Dr Daniel Chimezie Okeke’s Free Medical Outreach kick started on 2nd and ended on 13th January 2021. In this year’s edition, the Omereoha Free Medical Outreach focused on Free eye treatment which featured
1. Free eye screening
2. Free reading glasses and
3. Free Ocular drugs.
The outreach which covered two local government in Abia State, Arochukwu and Ohafia LGA had the team of medical personels visit all the clans in the two Local government. The clans visited in Ohafia are Nkporo, Abiriba,Ebem Ohafia while in Arochukwu they were at Isu, Obinkita, Ututu, Abam and Ihechiowa.
The mobile eye clinic is publicised in advance and people from the clan congregate to be screen.
During the exercise, the team of professional optometrists and ophthalmologists extensively interviewed and examined the patients in the two local governments to enable them profer a proper medical response to them, they investigated the demographic of presenting patients, their visual acuities and barriers that prevented them from seeking early medical treatment. It was discovered that money, distance, lack of specialist and fear held most of them from seeking medical eye treatment.
Dr. Daniel Chimezie Okeke’s slavish adherence to charity has always put him in the forefront of philanthropy wherever his name is mentioned. His boundless interest in reaching out to the society through several medium have earned him several acknowledgements.
In the minds of many beneficiaries of this year’s medical outreach, Mezie Abia became their second hope of using their eyes to picture the beauty of nature, especially those who couldn’t afford medical screening before the exercise. As their illuminating expression interprets how overwhelmed they felt to have accessed the free medical outreach.
The tremendous success of this outreach gave sight of many beneficiaries of the outreach hope.
According to one of the beneficiaries who disclosed to the doctor during the exercise that lack of funds to get proper treatment made her to lived with eye problem for over five years and was finally treated.
The exercise was a huge success with team optometrists and ophthalmologists lead by Dr. Benedict Offor. The leader of the exercise, Dr. Benedict Offor expressed his joy and fulfilment haven been privileged to serve humanity through Omereoha’s benevolence and encouraged him to keep up the good work.