Depok, West Java (ANTARA) - The University of Indonesia (UI) explored cooperation with the Nigerian government to develop health education and services to deal with cases of blindness due to glaucoma.

A delegation from the UI Faculty of Medicine (FKUI) held a meeting with the Nigerian government representatives to explore cooperation on January 6-13, 2024, in Kano-Kaduna.

The Dean of FKUI, Ari Fahrial Syam, who led the delegation, stated on Thursday that the meeting was an opportunity for sharing knowledge about UI's experience in conducting Helicobacter pylori research, stem cell and its applications, and glaucoma handling.

At the meeting with the Nigerian government, UI also promoted its innovative product, Virna Glaucoma Implant, to ophthalmologists in Nigeria, given the high prevalence of glaucoma in that country.

With the spirit of Asia-Africa, the FKUI team seeks to become a big brother for Nigeria by building a strong collaboration bridge between both nations to improve public health together, Syam said.

"With faith and prayer, God willing, this step can bring great benefits to global health," he said at the UI Campus in Depok, West Java.

A study titled "Prevalence and Clinical Profile of Glaucoma Patients in Rural Nigeria—A Hospital-Based Study" (Ezinne et al., 2021) stated that as many as 1,130,000 people aged 40 years or more in Nigeria were blind and 4.25 million people experienced moderate to severe visual impairment.

Various studies show that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Nigeria, and its prevalence is slightly higher in the Southeast region.

Hence, UI invited the Nigerian government to deal with glaucoma together and offered Nigerian students to take up the Master of Biomedicine or other related doctoral programs at FKUI.

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Translator: Feru L, Kenzu
Editor: Anton Santoso
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