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The Nation: The Fight Against Glaucoma

This article, The Fight Against Glaucoma, by Jacqueline W. Farris, the Director General, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, Abuja, was published in The Nation on May 18, 2013. To view the original article click The article was also published in ThisDay and NBF News. As the world ended observation of World Glaucoma Week in March, it was revealed that not less than 4.5 million Nigerians suffer from this incurable disease.  In his bid to address this challenge, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has contributed €150,000 to endow a professorship of glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalamology at the University of Mainz, Germany. This will help to support research on the early detection and treatment of glaucoma. The foundation has previously contributed more than €100,000 in an effort to find a cure for this most frequent cause of irreversible blindness. The foundation has also …