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500 benefits from free eye surgery in Ogun

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

No fewer than 500 persons have benefitted from the annual free eye surgery jointly organised by Ogun Government, Indo Eye Care Foundation and Rotary International.

The Permanent Secretary, state Hospitals Management Board, Mrs Modupe Olurin,  made this known at the General Hospital, Abeokuta.

She explained that the event was aimed at giving succour to indigent citizens of the state who were victims of cataract and could not afford the cost of the operation.

Olurin observed that “undergoing eye surgery usually costs so much which most of our people, especially those in the rural areas and the aged, might not be able to afford”.

“It is based on this that we have been collaborating with foundations and companies that have experts to carry out free eye surgery,” she said.

She admonished residents to imbibe the habit of taking proper care of the eyes, maintain general hygiene and regular eye check-up so as to eradicate blindness in the society.

In his remarks, the Team Leader, Indo Eye Care Foundation, Mr Yogesh Naik, explained that since it began operations in Nigeria in 2005, his group had conducted about 20,000 cataract operations.

He added that plans were on-going to repeat the programme in year 2016.

Naik thanked Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for his support, while describing Ogun people as accommodating.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Kemi Mukaila, mother of six-year-old Saheed, said her son who had been blind from birth could not access proper medical attention due to financial constraints.

She thanked the organisers of the programme for the opportunity to undergo a successful eye surgery.