Aug 12, 2010, 12:38 PM
Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre in Kanifing, under its regional ophthalmic
training programme, on Friday graduated eye health personnel.
The graduates include students from various West African countries such as Cameroun, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
Each of them was awarded either Advanced Diploma in Ophthalmic Surgical Nursing (ADSON), Advanced Diploma in Optometry Technician (OPTEC) or Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing (DON).
The theme of this year’s graduation was ‘Vision 2020: The right to sight and human resource development’.
The regional ophthalmic training programme was aimed at reducing the global burden of blindness, which currently affects an estimated 45 million people worldwide, and to subsequently eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
The guest speaker of the occasion, Prof. Patricia Wade, lecturer and consultant ophthalmologist and head of department at the University Jos Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, congratulated the graduates for their efforts and handwork during the course of the study.
“I congratulate you for all the efforts you put in the past one year to come out successfully in your examinations. Many of you travelled through the length and breadth of Africa to achieve your goals,” he said.
Madam Isatou Jobe, senior optometrist, NEHP, said the training of eye health personnel will avail the country more eye care experts who will contribute meaningfully to the health sector.
She advised the graduates not to rest on their laurels in looking for more knowledge.
“The journey of a thousand mile starts with one step; this is the starting of your journey, always look to learn and develop yourself more,” she advised.
Mrs. Jobe further commended the faculty members for the staunch support they offered the graduates in their efforts to ensure a fruitful outcome.
“The faculty members, I salute you all for a job well done despite all challenges,” she said.