7 February 2013

Nigeria: Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians Tackle Quackery

IN line with its resolve to improve healthcare delivery, the Optometrists and Registration Board of Nigeria has cautioned against the infiltration of quacks into the dispensing and opticianary profession.

Registrar of the Board, Dr Samuel Edu Ntem, who stressed the point during a courtesy call to the Board of Trustees and executive members of the Association of Nigeria Dispensing Opticians, ANDO, warned that quackery would no longer be tolerated.

Ntem who assured of the Association's support of aspirations of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria, ODORBN, said the Board would assist in conducting examinations for graduands of the profession before they are fully registered.

There will be Continuing Education programmes to keep the Dispensing Opticians abreast of international developments in the profession. Further, Ntem urged both professionals to work within limits of their training, so that there would be no cause for friction.

Earlier, the Chairman, BOT, ANDO, Mr. Ezekiel Udom urged for mutual collaboration to bridge the existing gap between Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists, pointing out need for involvement in the standard quality of Dispensing Opticians, technicalities in dispensing lenses, the curriculum of training programmes and ability of Opticians to interprete prescriptions of Optometrists.

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