Blindness: How health researchers failed Abuja community

In July 2018, the preparedness of Nigeria’s health researchers to respond to emerging challenges was tested when a strange eye disease blinded 15 persons, including children, in Ruga community located in the heart of Abuja. Perhaps, the involvement of many children should have triggered an enquiry into the immediate and remote causes of the infections, and a decisive medical response, including impairment remediation. Instead, both primary and tertiary health responders to the outbreak resorted to nonclinical conclusions and administered help on a national basis, a situation that has kept the…

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