The Bauchi State Council of the Union of Journalists of Nigeria (NUJ) in collaboration with the management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Hospital (ATBUTH) organized a free eye screening for its members to assist them in the exercise of their professional functions.
The screening took place Tuesday at the NUJ Press Center, Bauchi to coincide with International Sight Day 2021 with the theme: “Love Your Eyes”.
Speaking shortly before the screening began, Dr Shahir Bello, consultant ophthalmologist at ATBUTH, stressed the importance of regular eye screening as a demonstration of love for the eyes, saying that regular screening would keep the eyes in good shape.
He added that as journalists who always sit behind the screens of computers and smartphones, they need to regularly check their eyes to know when to get help.
Shahir Bello added that âEye care does not require age, it can occur at any age, regular screening will reveal what to do next. Wearing glasses is not an illness but a necessity, particularly at your different advanced ages, you must support your eyes to use them well â.
The consultant ophthalmologist then urged journalists working in the state to feel free to undergo screening, which he said is very beneficial to them because, according to him, “with the collaboration between NUJ and ATBUTH, you will benefit from a free screening, glasses and other treatments in the establishment â.
Earlier, NUJ President Comrade Umar Sa’idu said the Council is collaborating with ATBUTH in several areas of health, saying eye screening is one of them because he says “a healthy journalist is a professional and active journalist “.
He added that âWe start with eye screening because the eye is the journalist’s first tool in the performance of his duties. We want to be sure that all journalists working in Bauchi State have good eyesight â.
The NUJ President congratulated the ATBUTH leadership for integrating the NUJ health plans, saying it would go a long way in fostering cordial relations between the two organizations.
More than 100 working journalists were selected during the exercise and received free reading glasses and other treatments.
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