Enugu, 19 September, 2023 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
Over 500 people with varying eye complications have benefitted from the support of Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Catholic Development foundation that is presently targeting persons in Nigeria’s “rural and marginalized communities”.
Those supported in rural communities of Nigeria’s Enugu State underwent medical screening after which they received the much needed treatment and specialist care, according to a September 15 HAI report.
In the report, the entity that supports African countries acknowledges the high rate of visual impairment in the Nigerian State, noting that those with varying levels of blindness often go untreated owing to lack of access to medication.
“Nigeria is a captivating and diverse country, but it faces significant challenges in providing healthcare to its rural and marginalized communities. One of the most pressing issues is blindness and visual impairment, often left untreated due to limited access to care,” HAI says.
According to the foundation, uncorrected refractive error, cataracts, and glaucoma are the leading causes of visual problems in these regions.