By Sola Ogundipe
With the newly commissioned ultra-modern eye medical facility in Benin, Edo State, medical trips abroad by Nigerians for eye treatments would drastically reduce if not completely found to be wasteful and needless. This was the firm opinion of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Benin, Prof. Moses Momoh.
Speaking as Guest of Honour at the formal commissioning of Prime Opticals and Eye Clinic in Benin early in the week, the university don anchored his position on the skillful manpower, experience and the sophistication of the facilities available in the hospital.
Momoh, who lauded the project said, “It is not just the hospital but more important is the state-of-the-art facility available therein. They are the best you can find in Nigeria and on the continent of Africa. Therefore, patients don’t need to go abroad or India, they will find all they need for better diagnoses and treatments here.”
The Catholic Archbishop of Benin Diocese, Most Revered Father Augustine Akubueze, who commissioned the facility, prayed for the staff of the clinic to be filled with the spirit of kindness so as to attend to the indigent patients. He also prayed healing for all patients seeking medical helps in the hospital.
After leading a tour of the facility having dedicated the edifice to the glory of God and service of humanity, the Bishop then declared the clinic’s bi-annual “Eye Camp” open. The programme is offering free eye tests and highly subsidized treatments to the members of the public especially those who couldn’t afford the cost of normal ophthalmological services.
On her part, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Valentina Ideh, thanked the Catholic Archbishop for sparing time to come and commission the new clinic facility and noted that it would provide quality eye medical services to all categories of Nigerians.
Ideh affirmed that the rare quality and high professional service delivery available in her clinic will greatly reduce the frequent medical trips abroad.