By Gabriel Enogholase
NO fewer than 104 persons, suffering from eye cataract, have benefitted from surgical operations carried out by the Africa Eye Laser Centre in Benin, in collaboration with Sight Foundation, New Delhi, India and with support by St. Jude Eye Clinic Missions Corporation, United States of America, in commemoration of the World Sight Day.
Chief Executive/Medical Director of the Centre, Dr. Godwin Okoye, while addressing journalists, weekend, in Benin, said with the World Sight Day theme that showcased the continuous effort to defeat avoidable blindness, the management of the centre decided to mark the occasion by utilising the opportunity to organise a surgery camp aimed at providing the community with low cost laser cataract surgery with a view to bringing cutting edge surgery to the common man in the streets.
He disclosed that no fewer than 600 persons with eye cataracts have benefited from its services since the centre started its operations five years ago, just as he disclosed that proceed from the operations was plugged back to ensure that those who could not afford the cost of the surgery benefitted, adding that 10 people have been operated on freely.
The United States of America-based Consultant Ophthalmologist said one of the advantages of the surgery in Benin was to circumvent the medical tourism by only wealthy Nigerians, who travel overseas and can afford the cost of medical treatment.