In continuation of its efforts to reduce the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the country, First Bank Nigeria Limited has conducted free eye screenings for residents of the Old People’s Home, Yaba and students and staff of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Secondary School, Lagos.
Speaking on the exercise, head, Corporate Responsibility, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank, Ismail Omamegbe, disclosed that it was in continuation of the partnership the bank struck with Vision Spring earlier this year to reduce incidences of blindness and visual impairment among all classes of Nigerians
He explained that “as a responsible corporate citizen focusing on promoting quality education; good health and welfare for its stakeholders, we needed to reach out to the elderly and pupils after our earlier intervention in June during the second edition of our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Week”.
Omamegbe added that students are also critical stakeholders of the bank and since good vision is essential for learning and acquiring knowledge, First Bank decided to use YABATECH Secondary School as its pilot intervention for pupils.
“Education, health and welfare are the core areas of our CR&S, and everyone knows that good vision will enable the pupils to acquire knowledge and stay safe at home and in school. The health talk component where they were sensitised on good eye care practices will also make them good change agents. This is just the beginning as we are set to do much more in partnership with Vision Spring,” he stated.
Commending the initiative, the vice-principal (Administration), YABATECH Secondary School, Mr Peter Taiwo Arowolo, said it would save the school administrators from pressures of parents who always demand that their children be sat close in front to the whiteboard because of sight issues.
The country representative of Vision Spring in Nigeria, Mrs Tinuke Adeyinka, commended First Bank for partnering the organisation on the exercise.