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Group laments rising cases of preventable blindness

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja
05 August 2022   |   2:38 am
Sightsavers has said that 2.2 billion people have vision impairment globally, lamenting the rising cases of blindness

Blindness.<br />Photo credit: Lifehack

Sightsavers has said that 2.2 billion people have vision impairment globally, lamenting the rising cases of blindness.

According to the Country Director of the international organisation, Dr. Sunday Isiyaku, out of the figure, at least one billion have blindness that could have been prevented.

During a presentation in Abuja, he said the group was working in more than 30 low and middle-income countries to end avoidable loss of sight, eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTP) and promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Isiyaku said the burden weighed more heavily on poorer countries and marginalised communities, adding that there would be global demand for eye care in the future. 

His words: “Our vision is to see a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and people with disabilities participate equally in society. We’ve carried out more than 7.7 million cataract operations to restore sight. 

“We started the NTP intervention with river blindness in 1994, and we now include treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), schistosomiasis, trachoma and intestinal worms into our programmes.

“We also proffered solutions by engaging and supporting community volunteers to go door-to-door to make sure that no one misses drug treatments, surgery for advanced trachoma and hydrocele (caused by LF), as well as surveys and surveillance.”