By ESTHER ONYEGBULA
Patients affected by cataract, glaucoma and pterygium would soon breathe a sigh of relief as the Indo Eyecare Foundation and Rotary International make plans to erect an ultra modern eye specialist clinic in Lagos. This was disclosed by the District Governor Olugbemiga Olowu, at the closing ceremony of the free eye surgery organsied by Rotary club of Lagos Palmgrove at the General Hospital Marina.
He said: “The solution to the large number of Nigerians affected by cataract and pterygium, and high cost of eye surgery, which is unaffordable for low income and needy populace, is to put up a great eye hospital in Lagos. We are going to build a modern hospital for eye specialist clinic”. He said government cannot do everything, hence the collaboration with government to see how to help the blind.
Meanwhile, over 1,300 person benefited from the concluded free eye screening and surgery, while over 1,500 recommended eye glasses were given out to the visually impaired.
An average of 100 surgeries were performed daily and the doctors had to work on their resting day due to the huge population of patients who needed the services of the doctors.
Expressing gratitude to the organizers of the surgery, Mr. Sanni, father of Musa, one of
President, Rotary Club of Palmgrove, Venu Gopal Jajoo, “the project which started in 2005 has changed the lives of many, when we started lot of people were in dare need of better eye care which is why the project has continued year after year.