The Kano State government in Northwest Nigeria will in the next two weeks provide free eye check and treatment services for 20,000 people.
The State Governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje disclosed this at the flag off ceremony to mark the 2019 World Sight Day, held at the Eye Camp in Bichi Local government area of the state
Governor Ganduje said “in the arrangement, 1,700 persons will benefit from free eye surgeries, 12,000 for drugs and 3,000 eye glasses among other activities.
He said the state government has in recent times signed a tripartite MoU on health support programmes to improve eye healthcare services in the state.
“The collaboration led to the signing of another MoU to implement the “Seeing is Believing” project which is aimed at executing a comprehensive child eye health care services,” he said.
According to the Governor, government is working assiduously to bring best and speedy global competitive healthcare services to Kano state at affordable cost.
He said; “his administration will continue to work on the provisioning of major social services to the grassroots, to improve their status.”
The representative of the World Health Organisation at the event Dr. Bashir Abba commended the initiative saying “it will enable those who are about to lose their eye sight to be restored.”
Dr Abba said there were about 2 billion people across the globe with eyesight challenges and 80 percent of them are preventable.
He stated that the Kano state government must raise more awareness and garner people’s interest towards care for the eye in addition to the ongoing initiative.