By Robert Dixon |
Former Information Minister Dr. Lawrence Bropleh is calling on the Liberian Government to commit to intensively the training of Ophthalmic practitioners to deliver the very best healthcare services that will be require of them.
Speaking Thursday when he serve as guest Speaker at program marking the Celebration of World Sight Day, Dr. Bropleh noted that impact of blindness on quality of life is particularly alarming in those living in poverty .
According to him, impoverish people are more likely to become blind of access to health services and also tend to be more susceptible to eye infection and disease and lack awareness about eye health.
He said blindness significantly affects the community members because blindness restricts mobility as approximately 75 percent of visually impaired people require assistance with everyday task.
Dr. Bropleh further that, consequently, blindness affects the community on a practical level as children cannot attend school when they become caretakers for blind adults.
Speaking on the Theme” Eye Care Everywhere with the Slogan increasing Access to Quality Eye Care, the Liberia’s former Information Minister lamented that countless children are denied the opportunity to receive a formal education and perhaps escape the poverty cycle.
“Often when a sighted adults becomes the caretaker for a blind individual , he or she must stop working that and this leads to long-term economic and education repercussion that extend beyond the blind individual “Dr. Bropleh stressed.
He underscore the need for government officials to begin to offer employment to qualified visual impaired or blind people which should then be followed by the private.
“Our educational system must welcome visual impaired by creating a practical and conducive environment for learning including making buildings friendly by creating ramps and nails “ He noted .
Bropleh said as a victim, now turned survivor, for medical malpractices that left his left eye blind he was making a passionate plea to the Liberian government and its partners through the Ministry of Health to provide adequate funding and related support to the National Eye Health program.
He told the gathering that when he travel across the country and impact with the population, especially when in almost all of the 15 counties there are no eye clinics Ophthalmic nurse and or Ophthalmologist adding that he was of the opinion that eye disorders and other sight impediments must be a national treated as a national emergency.