World Sight Day: Ophthalmologist warns against use of breast milk, urine in eye treatment



(Dr Chioma Uchendu, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, has warned against the use of breast milk and urine to treat eye infections.

Uchendu issued the warning in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Umuahia on Thursday, while speaking on the World Sight Day celebration.

She described the use of such traditional medications as harmful to the eye and capable of causing blindness.

She said: “Some women still put breast milk in their babies’ eyes. They argue that breast milk has anti-bodies.

“Yes, it has. But what about the glucose, lactose or milk components of the breast milk?

“These are things that can even become what we call culture media.

“If there is already an organism (an infection in the eye) and you put sugar and all those things, the organism will just relax well and start to grow.”

For those who use urine, Uchendu warned that such urine could contain bacteria called Neisesseria gonorrhoea, which could cause blindness too.

“Most people are carriers of this organism and when it gets into the cornea it starts destroying it and the person comes out with blindness,” she said.

Uchendu said the essence of this year’s World Sight Day, with the theme, “Sight First”, was to create awareness on why people should keep their sight.

She raised concerns about the growing eye problems globally, saying that about 80 per cent of blindness could either be avoidable or treatable.

According to her, the world most common cause of blindness is cataract (clouding of the lens), which is normally an aging process but could be cured by a cataract extraction surgery.

The ophthalmologist, who said that cataract is followed closely by other defects like refractive error and glaucoma, called for regular eye check.

NAN reports that the World Health Organisation disclosed in its latest report that “at least 2.2 billion people in the world have a vision impairment or blindness.

“At least one billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed,” it states. (NAN)


(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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Facebook Launches “My Digital World” to meet literacy needs in Africa



Facebook says it has  launched  “My Digital World”, a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria with skills needed to navigate the digital world.

Facebook made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.

It said that “My Digital World” was a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo which would all be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said over the years, it had trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills.

It noted that this year it was prepared to train close to 20,000 participants across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia on safe, responsible and beneficial usage of the digital platforms.

Commenting, Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook said: “We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills needed to navigate the digital world, especially during these pandemic.


Oduor said it had never been more important to invest and train communities, the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools to take full advantage of what the internet had to offer.


“The training is free and open to youths aged 13 years and above, and will also focus on teachers, parents and guardians.


“The sessions commence from today June 15 with the programme including up to 90-minutes Instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions.


“Also they will have access to digital marketing campaigns highlighting best practices, tips, quizzes and polls on digital literacy topics, with content delivered through Facebook and Instagram.


“Modules on online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship citizenship would also be made available.


“Facebook is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms, “Oduor said.


He said Facebook also invested in this initiative to build awareness on responsible online behaviour, critical thinking and understanding of social issues.


Oduor said Facebook had also instituted policies, tools, resources, partnerships, and programmes to help enable safe, responsible, and beneficial use of its platforms.


Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
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Israel observes World Blood Donor Day




Israeli volunteers donate blood in central Israeli city of Modiin, on June 14, 2020, the World Blood Donor Day. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)

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FBN Holdings wins World Finance best corporate governance award



FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc, has won the 2020 Best Corporate Governance in Nigeria Award put in place by the World Finance.

Mr Urum Kalu Eke, FBNH Group Managing Director, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

World Finance is renowned for its comprehensive coverage and analysis of the global financial services industry, international business, and the global economy.

Eke said: “FBN Holdings is winning this award for the second consecutive year on the back of its strong corporate governance practices and outstanding leadership in the Nigerian financial services industry.

“Winning the award in quick succession is a demonstration of not only the strength of our corporate governance practices but also its resilience.

“As a holding company, we emphasise the highest standards in corporate governance across all operating entities in our quest to deliver value to our numerous stakeholders.”

World Finance has been celebrating corporate achievements in the areas of corporate governance, innovation, and market leadership in the financial services sector across all the regions of the World in the past 13 years.

FBN Holdings is the non-operating financial holding company of one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in Africa.

It is a diversified financial services group that offers a broad range of products and services, including commercial banking, merchant banking and asset management and insurance to millions of customers.

It oversees business groups that collaborate to deliver innovative financial solutions.

The bank and the non-bank subsidiaries of the holding company operate in Nigeria, as well as through overseas branches, subsidiaries and representative offices across the world.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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Cricket Namibia ramp up T20 World Cup prep amid COVID-19




Ahead of the T20 World Cup, Cricket Namibia has introduced strict social distancing measures for players to keep them in shape without compromising COVID-19 health regulations.

Cricket Namibia’s Chief Executive Johan Muller said the organization is also intensifying its drive to build interest in the sport, after getting an opportunity to play One Day Internationals.

Muller told stakeholders in Windhoek of the organization’s plan to stay active amid COVID-19, as well as popularizing the sport in the southwest African country.

“Obviously there are financial challenges that we are facing and COVID-19 has not made it easy. We are, however, well ahead with our World Cup preparations, and we are also driving a nationwide program to get the sport played in schools,” he said.

Muller said emphasis is being made on making sure that cricket – a largely minority sport in Namibia – is played across all demographics, using the country’s participation as a yardstick to create interest in the sport.

He added that the organization is benchmarking its development plan with neighboring South Africa to ensure they attain the highest standards.

“We have a few umpires recognized by the International Cricket Council but we obviously need to continue training these so we have a new generation of umpires coming to the fore,” he said.

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