By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The founder, Jide Adeyemi Foundation (JAF) and Federal House Representatives hopeful, Ibadan North East/Ibadan South East, Mr Jide Adeyemi on Wednesday advocated more support and funding from governments, corporate bodies and individuals for the Health sector
Mr Adeyemi made the call at the free eye tests and cataract screening sponsored by Jide Adeyemi Foundation (JAF) in partnership with Community Eye Outreach, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
According to the JAF founder, there is the need for governments particularly Oyo State, to accelerate healthcare provision and development, saying, it will be difficult for any nation or community to grow or develop without proper healthy living.
“I want Oyo state government to do more in term of development, particularly health care. Development comes in different ways, even if you want to give people other development like infrastructure, health is very germane, without good health, you can not manage your businesses, without good health, our leaders cannot provide quality leadership”, he said.
Mr Adeyemi added, ,” so, we discovered that health is germane to any meaningful development, considering the say, ‘health is wealth’, as a result of this and to support the government, we decided to sponsor free distribution of recommended glasses, sponsor eye cataract surgery.”
“This is one of the things what we expect government to be doing and we all know government cannot do everything alone, that’s why we think we should support the government and the people in this regard.
Speaking at the event, a medical consultant, Dr Olatunde Ologundudu and Coordinator of Community Eye Outreach, UCH, Mrs Rukayat Popoola stressed that there are lots of preventive measures against bad sight.
Dr Ologundudu added, “parts of it is to have good nutritional, periodical eye checking and early anti-natal registration by pregnant women.
Mrs Popoola while speaking said some of the challenges that can lead to bad sight included high blood pressure, diabetes, nutritional problem and hereditary.