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Eye defects common in children

A clinical director with Special Olympics Botswana under Opening Eyes programme, Dr Olebole Kehemetswe, had said eye defects are common in children in the country.

Speaking during the handing over of spectacles by Special Olympics Botswana to children at Moremi Memorial School in Maun recently, Dr Kehemetswe said the complexity of eye problems made it difficult to be detected by non-eye-specialists.

He therefore said over 300 children were assessed in Maun for eye defects and results showed that 46 of them needed spectacles.

The Opening Eyes programme, he said was incepted in 2013 and has thus far helped children in Gaborone, Lobatse and Maun and preparations are afoot to visit Gantsi.

With the progamme Dr Kehemetswe said athletes and children with special needs were tested and given relevant attention either medication or spectacles.

For his part, Special Olympics Botswana board chairperson, Nick Morapedi said the organization was intended to recognise talent of children with special needs in various sporting codes and nurture their skills.

Furthermore, he dissuaded parents from hiding children with disability but rather take them to schools. However, principal education officer of special education, Ms Malebogo Balebetse thanked Special Olympics Botswana for their good gesture.

Ms Balebetse noted that spectacles are expensive and unaffordable to many families in Botswana. She added that it was crucial for eye defects to be discovered and corrected at an early age to help pupils’ in their studies.