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University of Ilorin Lecturer Develops Blindness Detection Kits

Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, has been granted a patent on a device called Teacher Led Vision Screener.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, TELVIS helps detect sight challenges in children and young people and can be used by non-professionals, particularly teachers, to detect sight inadequacies among pupils.

Professor Dupe

The report disclosed that the ophthalmologist also invented another device known as “Vision Save”. The device, it added, would be good for special needs schools for special needs to address further complications that were usually suffered by blind pupils.

Ademola-Popoola commended the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the financial support granted to her in the production and deployment of the two devices. In addition to this, the agency also offered support in the training of non-professionals on simple rules in using the devices effectively.

In like manner, Ademola-Popoola, praised the authorities of the university and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for assisting her research team with a grant.

“The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Eye Clinic is among the leading centres offering quality services in Nigeria with its latest effort expected to cover over 200,000 children of the university’s primary catchment areas.”

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