OneSight has donated some sanitary items to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in Banjul, The Gambia, as the country prepares to reopen schools.
Development Diaries gathered that the items donated included face masks, cartons of detergent, hand sanitisers, and containers.
Onesight Regional Programme Coordinator for Africa, Vincent Mendy, said the organisation partnered with the health ministry, under the National Eye Care Programme, to assist people with vision challenges.
‘This will go to ensure that children that have vision challenges are provided with the needed sight medical care, to help them attain normal vision status, and also ensure that they are safe and healthy, in their schools’, Foroyaa quoted him as saying.
As for official of the National Eye Health Programme, Haruna Sanneh, he said, ‘We understand that there are lots of children, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we could not embark on eye screening exercise’.
He noted that they will do their best to see how they can access the schools to provide eye screening exercise for children.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Adama Jobe, praised the organisation for the support.
He said, ‘I assure you that every token will be judiciously utilised and will reach the targeted group that can no longer be neglected and left behind, as it is their right to education’.
Photo source: Foroyaa