Saudi Arabia on medical aid in Nigeria

Amina Mohammed, Abuja

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The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has volunteered to render a medical campaign to combat blindness and its causes in Nigeria.
This was contained in a press statement issue by the Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Adnan Bostaji.
He said that the humanitarian Aid and relief center was funded by king Salman, in collaboration with Al-Basar International Foundation.
Mr. Bostaji further said that the campaign was to strengthen and enhance the excellent historical ties between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which were based on friendliness and mutual cooperation.
The southern part of Nigeria, Ibadan Oyo state was the first call of contact.
At the conclusion of the works of the volunteer medical campaign, the following have been achieved:
About eight thousand patients were diagnosed and treated. Medicines were given to them.
Six hundred and ninety-four surgeries were done to remove cataract and glaucoma, alongside other minor surgical operations.
More than one thousand reading glasses were distributed to patients.
The surgery operations were done by a number of consultants,  surgeons and ophthalmolomgist.
The Ambassador extend gratitude and thanks the Nigerian authorities, comprising of the Government and the private sector, for their cooperation with the organizers of this campaign and for making their task successful, as well as for accomplishing the campaign’s humanitarian goals.
He added that the next stages will be according to the following:
Lafia – Nasarawa State from 13 – 19/10/2019,  Gombe – Gombe State from 22 – 28/11/2019, and Damaturu – Yobe State from 30/11 – 6/12/2019.
Lateefah Ibrahim