Bropleh Wants Gov’t Train Health Practitioners In Ophthalmic Practitioners

By Robert Dixon |

Former Information Minister, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Brople

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.


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