Nigeria accounts for 50% of glaucoma cases in Africa — TCF


Nigeria, Glaucoma

…Laments rising cases of eye defects

By Michael Eboh and Fortune Eromosele

A medical foundation and eye hospital in Nigeria, the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, TCF, has raised the alarm over the rising incidences of glaucoma and other eye diseases in the country, stating that Nigeria accounts for 50 percent of Glaucoma cases in Africa.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, weekend, the foundation also stated that Nigeria holds the record for the largest number of patients with eye cases in Africa.

Emphasizing the need for glaucoma care pathways for early detection and treatment to prevent blindness, spokesperson for the TCF, Dr. Deepak Kumar said it was estimated that 1.1 to 1.4 million adults in Nigeria have glaucoma, most of whom are not aware that they have the disease.

He noted that the high prevalence and high rate of blindness confirmed glaucoma to be of public health importance and should become a priority among healthcare planners and policymakers.

Kumar maintained that one in…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper