By Kemi Olatunde
In line with the Federal Government’ s directive for states in Nigeria to constitute a committee on eye care programme to alleviate problems associated with the eyes especially among the downtrodden, Ondo state Government has inaugurated a nine-man committee for the state.
The committee has been saddled with the responsibility of formulating policy and coordinating all activities relating to eye health service including prevention of blindness and rehabilitation of the bling in the state
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary Ondo State Ministry of Health, Pharm (Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola said the eye health committee will ensure equitable access to quality of eye care service which according to her would strengthen the state health system towards the achievement of universal health as part of universal health coverage.
She applauded the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for creating the enabling environment for it to function in the health sector of the state.
She noted that as part of the strategy to cushion effect of the migration of health workers to other nations of the world, the government is ready to bring back the retired officers who are still willing to work in the health sector.
Aladenola assured the committee of government unflinching support to achieve their mandate while also charging them to do things differently to achieve better results.
The Chairman of the committee and senior consultant Opthalmologist, Dr (Mrs) Stella Adegbehingbe sought for the support of the Ministry for the committee to succeed.
The members of the committee are Dr Stella Adegbehingbe, Dr ( Mrs) Oyemolade, Dr Richard Adesoji, Mr Akilo Ojo, Mr Agbede Victor, Dr Adeyemi Akinwale, Dr Edith Iwueze, Mrs Ayeni and Mr Ajayi.