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Ophthalmologist says culture, beliefs hinder treatment of glaucoma in Nigeria by Idowu Olabode : January 28, 2016, 05:29:22 PM
A Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr. Moronke Ibidapo, on Monday said people’s beliefs and culture were some of the major challenges faced by ophthalmologists in Nigeria in treating glaucoma.
Ibidapo, a lecturer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos State, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on the eye disease.

She said many people believed that when they prayed or visited the herbalists they would get the cure they need.

She said: “Patients always want to exercise their faith and also go to the herbalists or culturists, who advertise that miracles will happen.

“We all are believers and we believe that God can intervene when he wants to, but then, there is challenge.

“Where God has given knowledge, God also expects you to use that knowledge.

“We advocate that even when you are exercising your faith, go and check, do something.

“The people, who God has given the knowledge, let them help you out.

“That challenge has to be brought into focus where we can reach out to all believers that no matter what their beliefs are, going to do something about it does not mean you have lost your faith.”

The consultant urged societies that dealt with eye care to create a forum whereby the general public could get appropriate help for eye diseases, including glaucoma.

Ibidapo said such forums were necessary to create more awareness about glaucoma.

She said: “I think that what the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria and the Glaucoma Society Nigeria can do is to create forums for the public in general where they can ask questions and get appropriate answers.

“Or be directed to where they can get some sort of intervention and that is to create a 24-hour help line all year through that people can call in.

“And there will be specialised people: ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurse, as well as patients living with glaucoma.

“In that way, we do not have to wait for a one week in a year glaucoma week to continue to let people know what glaucoma is, what help they can get.

“And even those who do not have glaucoma, who want to know, and who want to get screened, can get screened by that means.”

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