Gashua(Yobe) – No fewer than 4,000 vulnerable persons in six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District have benefited from free eyes surgery sponsored by Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan.
During an inspection of the two days treatment on Sunday in Gashua and Nguru, Lawan said that the free eye treatment scheme was to support the old and less privileged persons.
“The intervention here is largely to capture those people who have sight challenges and who could not afford the medical cost to regain their sights,’’ he said.
He commended the local government councils and traditional rulers for mobilizing people to come out for the treatment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two teams of surgeons and other medical staff conducted the surgery at Gashua and Nguru.
The senator commended Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe for the massive intervention and expansion of health institutions in the state.
“The establishment of a Teaching Hospital, renovation and expansion of general hospitals in the state will promote accessible and affordable healthcare delivery to the people, ” he said.
A beneficiary, Musa Sulayman, 62, said he lost his sight five years ago and resorted to street begging for livelihood.
“My sincere gratitude goes to Sen. Ahmad Lawan for sponsoring this surgery which has restored my sight and enable me to pursue decent means of livelihood,” he said.
The free eye treatment intervention included surgery, provision of drugs and glasses for beneficiaries from Nguru, Bade, Jakusko, Yusufari, Machina and Karasuwa local government areas. (NAN)