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Cornelius Kipkoech October 12, 2022


Nandi County will join the rest of world tomorrow in marking the World Sight Day (WSD). A day that promotes advocacy to highlight the fact, that at least one billion people globally have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.

WSD became an official event in 2000 of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and is held annually on the second Thursday of October to provide a platform for organisations to encourage governments, corporations, institutions and individuals to actively support universal access to eye health.

Tomorrow, October 13, the County Government of Nandi is joining the rest of the world to observe WSD under the theme: “Love Your Eyes” with the call to action of “Everyone Counts”. #LoveYourEyes

The event will be held at Kaptumo Sub County Hospital, Kaptumo/Kaboi Ward in Aldai Sub County.

Despite the knowledge that nearly everyone will experience an eye health issues in their lifetime, many people do not have access to eye care services. Hence, there is need for all of us to become aware of our own eye health, so that we can get our eyes tested for hidden diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Our eyes tell us so much about our general health and hence, we need to develop the habit of having them checked by trained eye care professionals.

Everyone Counts is the call to action that we should take personal care and interest in ensuring our eyes are healthy. Make that pledge to ensure that you get involved in your eye health by getting your eyes screened. To ensure that Everyone Counts, we should reach out to all, especially those who are vulnerable to eye diseases. We also need to include everyone around us, including members of our families especially the elderly, persons with diabetes, underserved communities, women and children.

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