NGO offers free eye care to 477 people


No fewer than 477 persons have so far benefited from a free medical eye care service provided by Care Vision Support Initiative (CAVSI), an NGO, in Edo state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical outreach was provided by CAVSI in conjunction with the TY Danjuma Foundation.

According to Dr Tolulope Afolaranmi, the Team Leader of the group, no fewer than 2000 persons are expected to benefit from the five-day programme which commenced on Monday.

Afolaranmi said that the beneficiaries were from the 574 patients registered.

He also said that whereas 150 persons were expected to undergo various form of cataract extraction surgeries, about 75 persons have so far undergone such.

He explained that out of the 75 surgeries done, 52 were for cataract extraction, while 23 were Pterigium excisions.

He also said that 402 persons have benefited from various forms of eye care services including drugs, while 400 were also issued free medical corrective glasses out of the 1,000 targeted presbyopia cases.

The team leader said the essence of the exercise was for the down trodden who could not afford medical services to take care of their problems to be reached.

He expressed optimism that at the end of the five days, the expected target would be reached or even surpassed, stressing that all expenses had been funded by the TY Danjuma Foundation.

Some of the beneficiaries who commended the initiative urged other elites in the society to emulate the kind gesture of the sponsor.

Some of the beneficiaries of the cataract surgeries include Mr Osagie Efan from Igbanke, who said he was operated 10 years ago on the left eye, but discovered after some time that he could no longer see with his right eye, until he was operated by this team on June 25.

Mrs Elizabeth Izekor, a beneficiary from Benin, said she has been unable to see with her two eyes for five years now.

The team were earlier at the palace of the Enogie of Evbobanosa, HRH Gregory Akenzua, where the monarch commended the initiative and pledged the support of the traditional institution toward the success of the exercise in the area.

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