The need to form a stronger partnership between the Nigerian Optometric Association and the regulatory body for the practice of Optometry in Nigeria, the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of Nigeria(ODORBN) was highlighted in a courtesy visit by the National Executive Council(NEC) of the Nigerian Optometric Association to the board.
This comes in the wake of professional infringements and quackery, a situation, if not nipped in the bud, will be a threat to the eye care delivery system in Nigeria.
The NOA NEC delegation led by its President, Dr Obinna Awiaka expressed its confidence in the ODORBN management and commended the Registrar, Prof.Ebele Uzodike for her giant strides in repositioning the board.
The ODORBN Registrar congratulated the new leadership of NOA and restated the board’s commitment to work with NOA in all areas within their jurisdiction to strengthen the practice of Optometry in Nigeria.
The need to bring Continuing Professional Development programs closer to NOA members through Zonal Conferences and to join forces to stop infringements into core professional service areas of Optometry by other professions/quacks was highlighted.
The ODORBN Registrar expressed the readiness of ODORBN to deploy its task force to outlets conducting such professional breaches.
The ODORBN Registrar reassured the NOA team that the board is already in talks with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria(PCN) as regards professional infringements into Optometry core service areas by a group known as myPharmacy.
The courtesy call, which culminated into a meeting of sorts also had in attendance, Dr Temple Nwosu, NOA VP North and Dr Oluchi John-Isiodu, NOA VP East.
The ODORBN Assistant Registrar, Dr Okafor Igbo, ODORBN Head of Education and Training Department, Dr Daniel Uwaoma; ODORBN Head of Inspection, Monitoring Department, Dr Clement Iroegbukpe; ODORBN Head of Finance and Accounts, Mr Friday Ihesonye; ODORBN Head of Statistics and Planning, Mr Tony Ekaba and ODORBN Head of Administration and Legal Division, Barr.Obianuju Nwajiaku were also present.
One of the highlights of the NOA courtesy call on the ODORBN was the visit of both teams to the ongoing construction site of the ODORBN, Abuja National Secretariat.
Both teams pledged to work towards stronger collaboration as both NOA and ODORBN will be better off, working together.
National Public Relations Officer,
Nigerian Optometric Association