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Ganduje Flags Off Free Eye Treatment For 5, 500 In Kano

Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 6:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State governor, has flagged off special eye-treatment for 5,500 people at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano City.

Dangote Foundation conducted the exercise in collaboration with the International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO).

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Ganduje explained that the exercise was free of charge and aimed at bringing specialised ophthalmic services to the doorsteps of the common man, especially rural dwellers.

“Under this arrangement, 500 eye surgeries will be conducted while 5,000 other eye cases would be treated free of charge.

Several eye ailments will be treated and will cover male and female, the young and the old as we are seeing now,” the governor stated.

He pointed out that expatriate eye specialists from the IIRO will work with their Nigerian counterparts, engaged by the Dangote Foundation, assuring that patients would be treated using sophisticated equipment and qualitative medicaments.

The governor, therefore, charged prospective beneficiaries of the programme to co-operate with officials conducting the exercise and to abide by medical instructions for the treatment to be successful.

The governor advised the people to take good care of their eyes in view of their sensitivity, and to avoid patronising quack doctors and herbalists to prevent visual impairment.

In a related development, the governor has commissioned renovation and extension works at the Dialysis, Pharmacy and Outpatient departments of Nasarawa Specialist Hospital in the state capital.

He also commissioned a renovated and extended laboratory at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, where he restated determination to provide additional facilities in hospitals and health centres across the state.

Governor Ganduje also inspected the upgrading to Dawakin Cottage Hospital to general hospital, which includes renovation and extension of physical structures.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work, urging the contractor to maintain the pace.

The governor inspected the on-going rehabilitation and asphalting of Kwanar Zira- Zaura – Dungurawa road being executed by the government at the cost of about N814 million.