Journalists of the Yaoundé Chapter of the Cameroon Association of English -Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ as well as other journalists throughout the national territory have been urged to regularly check the eyes.
The call was made on October 14 in Yaounde by Dr. Elisabeth Attha, Medical Officer of the Acha Eye Hospital Nsimeyong during celebrations marking the 2021 edition of the World Sight Day.
The 2021 edition commemorated at the Presbyterian Eye Service in Yaounde was organized in collaboration with Christian Blind Mission, CBM, under the theme, “Love your Eyes”.
“Prevention is always better than cure. It is always better to have the right attitude so you do not get into trouble. When an eye problem begins immediately, see a specialist who will treat the issue with relative ease but, if you come late, it may also be late for the doctor to find a solution to your eye problem.”
Dr. Asthma added, “Prevention means checkup. I encourage and urged you all to start yearly checkup. Yearly checkup and early treatment is good because when the situation is complicated, treatment becomes complicated. Some infections can lead to professional blindness.”
Speaking on the theme, the Medical Officer said, the theme is a call for everyone to regularly go for checkup. According to her, “people love their eyes but the main problem is that people don’t don’t know how to take care of their eyes.”
Julius Fon, Country Director of CMB Cameroon said, eye health is very important for his organization, reason why CBM have been providing eye care support services in eight of the country’s ten regions for over four decades.
According to the country director, the organization provides financial support for about 5000 cataract surgeries in Cameroon yearly, in collaboration with the country’s Public Health Ministry.
Besides and on a on a global landscape, CBM has provided financial support for 15million cataract surgeries. He added that in Cameroon, cataracts affects one percent of persons aged 0-40 years while 88 percent of persons aged 60 and above suffered from other infections.
In collaboration with the Presbyterian Eye Services, the first sub regional Specialist Ophthalmologist Pediatric Unit estimated at FCFA 1 billion was constructed in Limbe while financial assistance was given to the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC to set a program that will foster eye care in the North West Region.
On his part, Eugene Ndi, Yaounde Chapter President of CAMASEJ while thanking the Presbyterian Eye Services and CBM pointed out that, “We chose to hold the event because we realized journalists who mostly do screen-based work and are potentially at risk of effects on eyesight do rarely care about their eyes.”
As part of activities to mark the 2021 edition, journalists received VIP eye screening which according to the hospital, is estimated at FCFA 25000 per person. Hundreds of Cameroonians across the city were also screened for various eye diseases free of charge.
By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo