LASUTH Marks World Glaucoma Week with Free Surgeries

Posted on: Mon 20-03-2023

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital has joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 2023 World Glaucoma Week.

Part of the activities the hospital engaged in during the week included free medical outreach and free cataract surgeries carried out in the Ojokoro community of the state.

The celebration of the glaucoma week commenced with a brief from the Head of Ophthalmology Department of the hospital, Prof. Bola Adekoya, during a visit to the hospital’s management.

According to her, about 80 per cent of people in developing countries battling glaucoma have no knowledge of the disease at all, just as she pointed out that most of the cases screened and detected were usually at an advanced stage.

“This is the reason the World Glaucoma Association has set aside an entire week to intensify awareness that will sensitise people all over the world so that more people can become aware, more people can come forward for early screening and early detection can be given for effective treatment,” she said.

On his part, the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, commended the entire Ophthalmology Department for the role they played during the week.

He called for constant community education, awareness and screening to address the disease in the state.

The Director Clinical Services and Training, Prof. Adebowale Adekoya, commended the CMD for the efforts in the department, in terms of man power and equipment in accordance with the hospital’s desire of becoming a quaternary hospital, an extension of tertiary healthcare.