The United Arab Emirates embassy in Nigeria says seven million Nigerians will receive different forms of eye treatment in Katsina state and its environs in its 4-year Eye Treatment program.
The program is to support the “Vision 2020” global initiative on the prevention of Blindness and the National Eye Health Programme in Nigeria.
This was disclosed at the 48th UAE National day by Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria.
In her statement, Dr. Manal Taryam, the CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation, a Non-governmental charity organization, under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives.
Dr Taryam said the project is aimed at providing sustainable, preventative and curative eye care services for the people of Katsina and the region at large.
“On the occasion of the United Arab Emirates National Day, Noor Dubai Foundation celebrated by launching an eye treatment camp to screen and treat people who are in need of eye care, prevention and management services in Daura, Katsina state”.
“This eye camp is part of the activities of the comprehensive eye care program that was launched under the patronage of the Wife of the President of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari in July 2019″.
“The program will provide sustainable eye care services by partnering with the Ministry of Health in Katsina State and other international NGOs actively involved in providing eye care services”, she said.
She explained that Noor Dubai and its partners will implement a budget of $2 million which is projected to provide a socio-economic yield of $8 million in increased productivity.
“Furthermore, it will be comprehensive in addressing all major causes of visual loss, (including cataract, Glaucoma, Refractive Error, Low vision, etc), Human resource development, infrastructure upgrades, and equipment supply; School Eye health, rehabilitation support services for the permanently blind, as well as health education and awareness” Dr. Taryam added.
Since the commencement of the 4-year program in October 2019, 235 cataract surgeries have been conducted, 1,235 screening and treatments carried out, as well as the recruitment of 4 specialist eye doctors.
The program which aims to cater to 7.8 million people, will do so by equipping over 250 health care centers with necessary eye care instruments.