By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
A Non Governmental Organization known as Sabreenah Eye Care Foundation has concluded arrangements to commence treatment of 2,000 primary school pupils with one form of eye defect or another free of charge.
Announcing the plan tagged, School Outreach Program to newsmen in Kaduna, program Coordinator of the Foundation, Amina Joy Jatau revealed that primary school kids were chosen as pilot beneficiaries of the project because, according to her early detection of sight defects could be corrected before reaching a deteriorating stage.
The outreach programme kick started at Local Education Authority (LEA) Ali Dogo Primary school, Ungwan Shanu.
She stated that age target of pupils in primary school selected for the programme ranged from 15 years downward.
According to her, she pointed out pupils would first be screened and tested to determine the form and extent of treatment to be applied, adding that serious cases that required intensive therapy would be referred to National Eye Center or Jowako Hospital in Kaduna.
Speaking in a similar vein, Assistant Program Coordinator of the Outreach, Comrade Yusuf Idris Amoke noted the choice of public schools was made due to presence of children from poor homes whose parents could not afford expensive treatments in eye centers.
He disclosed that the project would reach its target of 100 kids per location spread across 20 Primary schools in Kaduna North Local Government Area, urging parents and guardians to make their kids available for the program.