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NGO provides free eye screening, drugs to 220 pupils in Lagos

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Bright Sight Foundation, has provided free eye screening and treatments to 220 pupils of Bethesda Primary School, Ikota, Ajah area of Lagos state.

It’s meant to assist in detecting vision problems that may affect the students’ sight and consequently hinder their performance. 

Founder of Bright Sight Foundation Muna Ubosi who is based in the United Kingdom said her passion had also been to assist the underprivileged.

She said, “A vast majority of 80% of classroom learning is processed visually, so any vision problems can have a significant impact on your child’s education. One in four children have uncorrected refractive error which can impact learning. Some children are mislabeled as slow learners due to the fact that they have uncorrected refractive error.

“I have always been passionate about helping people who are less privileged in any way I can right from a young age. I have been actively sponsoring and volunteering at Bethesda Child Support foundation for many years and this birthed my current project – BRIGHT SIGHTS.

“We intend to mobilise community resources with the assistance of partners like you to help children from impoverished backgrounds secure a better future through education and in that way break the generational cycle of poverty existing in their families.”

The school’s head teacher, Mrs. Onyeabor Ngozi Anthonia, expressed joy over the initiative, saying the parents of the pupils had difficulties in taking care of them.

“Most of our children have eye challenges. We have called their parents one-on-one but unfortunately many of them don’t have the resources to take care of them.

“So, this morning most of the parents trooped in because they heard of what we are doing. We are very happy with the initiator of the programme,” she said.

She appealed to other private individuals to assist the underprivileged, saying, “We want to encourage other NGOs to do more because we are trying to break generational poverty. It is going to help the community and the country at large.”

One of the beneficiaries, Blossom Reagan, who had glaucoma, thanked the initiator for the gesture.

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