The Lagos State Government has conducted eye screening and offered free eye glasses to members of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council.
The exercise was held at the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, said the exercise was done to further assist residents of Lagos State as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.
“We usually embark on this outreach all year round. As part of efforts to mark year 2023 World Sight Day, we have targeted some groups of persons which is why we decided to enlist journalists on our schedule because their sight plays a major role in discharging their duties professionally”, Ogboye said.
The Permanent Secretary disclosed that the eye screening would also be extended to other places in Lagos, not forgetting the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lagos.
Ogboye tasked journalists on the need to embark on regular eye check-up in order to get necessary care and attention.
Meanwhile, the Director, Medical Administration and Training, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olufunmilayo Shokunbi, stated that the level of productivity at the work place depend on the quality of the human sight.
“When working on your laptops, endeavour to look up or gaze at something for 20 seconds in order to reduce the pressure on the eyes”, she said.
She urged the attendees to always prevent, protect and preserve the eyes in order to enjoy the benefits associated with good sight.
Responding, the Lagos NUJ Chairman, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, appreciated Lagos State Government for the kind gesture.
He urged journalists to seize the opportunity to have their eyes checked without paying a dime.
“I have just gone through the eye screening exercise and I am seeing clearly now because of the eye glasses given to me.
“Against this backdrop, we must all key into this initiative because no one must be left behind”, he appealed.
The outing had an impressive turn-out as no fewer than 150 journalists benefited from the scheme for various eye conditions.
Mrs. Julie Ekong, Chairman, Health Committee of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, lauded the efforts of the Ministry for their professionalism and gallantry.
She urged members that couldn’t make the exercise to be on the look out for the second batch in the nearest future.
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