Rotary Club Of Lagos Runs Free Eye Clinic and surgeries in Lagos and Ogun state
By CHIOMA OBINNA
Rotary Club of Lagos, Palmgrove Estate, in collaboration the Indian Community is offering free eye screening and surgery for over 13,000 Nigerians afflicted with cataract and pterygium as well as distribution of spectacles.
President of the Club, Venegopal Jajoo, said the target is one million Nigerians affected by cataract.
Regretting the poor level of understanding of the importance of eye care, he said the Club would ensure no Nigerian child below five goes blind.
The exercise runs on September 21, 27-30, 2013. Over 600 persons were screened on the first day.
The free eye surgery and medication would begin October 1, 2013 in Lagos and Ogun States. The surgery is being sponsored by Rotary Foundation, USA, J.T. Chanrai & Cp (PH) Ltd., Indo Eye Care Foundation, Indian Community in Nigeria. and a national newspaper, would take place in Lagos and Ogun States.
A team of dedicated doctors with expertise to treat eye problems, is due to arrive for the procedure scheduled to take place at the General Hospital, Marina, Lagos and Ijaye General Hospital, Abeokuta.
Former President of the Club, Mukesh Bhah, disclosed that 15,000 Nigerians have regained their sight thanks to the Club’s eye surgery project.
He said blindness is a major health disaster and urged Nigerians to come out enmasse to benefit from the exercise. Cataract and pterygium surgeries cost N100.000 to N150, 000, respectively, in private hospitals.