The Cross River State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday organised a one-day sensitisation programme for the officers and other stakeholders on the need for regular eye checks.
The Sector Commander, Mrs Elizabeth Akinlade while declaring the event open in Calabar, said it was part of efforts of the command to ensure that the officers took care of their eyes.
Akinlade explained that the programme also aimed at ensuring that the officers were mentally equiped to perform their duties effectively.
“This training is designed to enable officers have more knowledge about glucouma from experts.
“They will also undergo eye checks to determine their glucouma status and if anyone is found to have the disease, he or she will be given drugs.
“We also brought a fire service expert to educate the officers on fire safety because safety is all encompassing. Fire safety is also part of our responsibility, ” she said.
The sector commander added that the capacity training was part of the command’s efforts at building synergy with relevant agencies in the state for effective coordination.
“Recently, we partnered with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state road transport company to sensitise drivers on proper use of roundabouts in the state
“Today we are partnering with optamologists from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) and the State Fire Service and very soon we will meet with the drivers’ union, ” she said.
Akinlade advised motorists to always go for regular eye checks, noting that driving required clear vision.
NAN reports that apart from officers of the corps, some Special Marshals and propriators of some driving schools were in attendance at the programme.