By Chiyere Amalu
A TOTAL of 104 free eye surgeries have been carried out on 66 children from the less privileged homes in Abuja by an Indian NGO – Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF).
The body conducted its first successful paediatric surgery in Garki Hospital, Abuja, in January 2009 and has performed 73 surgeries on 42 children aged 1-13 years and more than 48,000 free cataract eye surgeries overall at its eye centres in all the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
Executive Director of the Foundation Dr. Prakash Michandani told Good Health Weekly that the TCF intervention spans thee critical areas: restoring sight, providing access to primary health care and providing safe drinking water to give people a sense of self-control over their lives.
He noted that these projects, TCF has provided primary healthcare to a population of nearly 200,000, performed more than 48,000 free cataract eye surgeries and rehabilitated more than 1000 bore wells.
During an inspection tour of the Foundationâ€™s eye camp in Garki Hospital, Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr Paul Orhii said the Agency gave waiver for the drugs and medical devices the organization brought into the country.
Minister of Information and Communication, Prof Dora Akunyili, said Federal government of Nigeria had recognised the impact of the TCF eye programme and has provided a five acre plot of land in Abuja for construction of a super-specialised eye hospital with 100 beds.of guest at the lecture.