Gbenga Olaniyi.

Doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Optometric Association(NOA) have advised government at all levels to extend quality health care, especially eye care to inmates across correctional centers in the country.

The chairman of NOA in Ekiti state, Dr Faith Omotayo gave the advise while speaking during the association’s visit to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Ado-Ekiti as parts of activities to commemoration the 2019 World Sight Day.

Free eye surgery, eye glasses, tooth paste, toiletries and other materials were given to the inmates by the association.

Dr Omotayo lamented that many inmates after serving their jail term and released to the society often face health challenges including their eyes which she attributed to inadequate medical attention while in prison.

Omatayo revealed that every second Thursday of October every year was set aside to celebrate world sight day, adding that the association decided to visit the correctional center in their bid to ensure inmates were exposed to the best eye care.

“It is our way of reaching out to those who don’t have access to eye care treatment. This year, we decided to select prisoners because most times, these inmates don’t have good health care, especially eye care.

” We are distributing free eye glasses, eye drops , toothpaste and other health needs to the prisoners to show them that the society still care about their wellbeing as required by International conventions.

” These people at the correctional centre are humans and they needed to be taken care of, health wise. The rate of blindness is getting higher all over the world. You can imagine over 300 million people are blind across the world she added.

Responding, the Public Relations Officer of the Correctional Centre in the state, Mr. Babalola Foluso commended the doctors for the gesture, urging them to continue to remember the inmates in their programmes.

” It is a good development and we want to thank them for the good gesture.

” It will go along way to encourage the inmates and we want them to continue to do more to the inmates,” he said.