Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government will continue to advance responsive healthcare delivery policies that will help curb glaucoma and reduce the incidence of blindness in the state.
The governor said this, yesterday, in commemoration of the 2019 World Glaucoma Week, held annually from March 10 to 16. It is championed by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association.
He said: “As the world marks the glaucoma week, I want to assure our people in Edo State that we are working round the clock, to ensure necessary policies to promote efficient healthcare delivery are put in place, including those that would help fight glaucoma.
“Even with a focus on primary healthcare, we are also very keen on ensuring that ailments like glaucoma get the needed attention. We are strengthening the healthcare system in the state to promote awareness creation and efficient management of the ailment, and we are ready to work with health missions.”
He said this was made possible with the siting of healthcare centres closer to the people in rural areas, as much work has been done with the Edo Healthcare Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) to ensure efficient healthcare is provided for the people.