Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has called for the banning of free medical outreaches usually conducted by churches and other welfare organizations.
The association claimed that most of those who conduct such exercises are not professionally qualified and their activities of were capable of endangering public health and damage eyes of members of the public who are gullible.
Yesterday, the immediate past registrar of Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN), Dr. Sam Ntem, led the task force quackery in eye care to the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Akim Qua Town Parish Calabar where they clamped down on the medical outreach.
The association have cautioned against organisations, including churches who engage such persons for their free medical outreaches.
The task force was accompanied by the local organising committee of the upcoming NOA National Conference holding in Calabar soon.
Sam Ntem said he would liaise with other eye care stakeholders on issues related to public practice to ensure quackery is eliminated in Eye care profession.
“We will consolidate on the already existing systems, including the ongoing fight against internal and external quackery”.
According to him eliminating quackery in the eye care sub-sector will help to prevent avoidable blindness and government’s cooperation is greatly solicited to achieve this.
“Effective liaison with the various ministries and government agencies will promote the optometry brand for the benefit of the society at large, as well as create a global brand for the association”.
Also speaking, Dr Bernadine Ekpenyong, the “Calabar 2019” LOC Chairperson, said disciplinary issues and strict compliance to standards and ethics will be taken seriously to ensure sanity, especially amongst members in the association found to engage in quakery activities. She promised to ensure the fight continues in all nooks and crannies of Cross River State.