- The federal government has assisted the treatment of 5,000 persons with eye defects in Borno state
- The gesture was carried out by the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI)
- Amina Maibe, the head of PCNI, said that so far over 270 patients had benefited from eye surgeries, while thousands others received free treatment
The Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI) on Monday, April 23, said it is providing free eye treatment to about 5,000 displaced persons in Borno.
Amina Maibe, the administrative manager of PCNI in Borno, said this during her inspection of the conduct of the exercise at the Eye Centre in Maiduguri, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Maibe said that the two-week exercise was designed to provide surgical operations to 400 patients with cataract and glaucoma, provide treatment to 3,500 persons with various eye diseases and distribute 1,000 glasses.
She explained that over 270 patients had so far benefitted from eye surgeries, while thousands others benefited from free treatment since the exercise began in the past one week.
Maibe said that the patients were selected from various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri and from host communities.
She stated: “The exercise is designed to treat eye diseases and improvement of health status of the displaced persons. PCNI provides transportation to facilitate movement of the patients to the hospital, while free drugs and meals are provided during the treatment.”
According to her, the exercise is being conducted in collaboration with the Borno Government and a Borno-based organisation, ARFO Eye Foundation.
Mustapha Waziri, the Coordinator AFRO Eye Foundation, said that about 20 doctors and health personnel were deployed for the exercise. Waziri said the team comprised of opticians, surgeons, nurses and pharmacists, among others.
He attributed the prevalence of eye diseases among the displaced persons to the environment, age and malnutrition.
Waziri remarked: “Cataract is a common disease, but curable. It is good to go for periodic test to maintain good eye health.”
Some of the beneficiaries lauded the gesture, saying it would go a long way in improving their health status. Yakubu Gaykub and Modu Bemba, said they benefited from cataract eye surgeries in the exercise.
The 65-year-old Gaykub said that he had lost his sight and could not see in the past three years.
Gaykub said: “I could not see due to impaired vision. I was screened at the camp and went for surgical treatment at the clinic."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Dangote Foundation had commenced distribution of food items and other relief materials in Borno state for the 2017 Ramadan season to Internally displaced persons and other victims of the Boko Haram Insurgency in Borno state as part of humanitarian efforts for the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Governor of Borno state, Hon. Kashim Shettima, who flagged off the exercise in Maiduguri, was full of praises for Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Foundation, reiterating the fact that he is the largest donor to the reconstruction of Borno.
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