International Women’s Day:JDPC, DeCODE Partner Standard Eye Clinic, Conduct Free Eye Tests

By Sunny A Ijomah

The Justice, Development, Peace and Caritas (JDPC) Archdiocese of Onitsha and a popular Civil Society Organisation DeCODE on Tuesday, partnered the Standard Eye Clinic to conduct free Medical Outreach at Ifite Ogwari Community in Anambra State.

The Medical Outreach included free eye tests, provision of glasses, drugs and eye droplets for over 100 women of the Community.

The Outreach was under the sponsorship of Hon Mrs. Theresa Nweke in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

In a statement, an official and Director of DeCODE who spoke to newsmen, Princess Cynthia Enwonwu- Arinze said that prior to this event, the women of Ifite Ogwari Community observed among themselves that sight impairment has been a major barrier in carrying out their roles and responsibilities ranging from farming, teaching and other social activities in the Community.

According to her, ”we continously work to ensure that all the barriers affecting women are broken as this will lead to sustainable development.

“It was based on this and effort to break the barriers and alleviate the suffering of women in Ifite-Ogwari that Mrs. Theresa Nweke sponsored the collaboration with JDPC Onitsha, DeCODE and Standard Eye Clinic for the free Medical Outreach.”

Over 80 women were given eye glasses, droplets and drugs while over 5 women were referred for eye surgery.

The Executive Director of JDPC, Archdiocese of Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Dr. Edwin Udoye supervised activities of the day.