The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has flagged off President Muhammadu Buhari’s Restore Vision Project in Makarfi, Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, the Health minister said that 250 patient suffering from cataract from each state of the federation would benefit from the surgical intervention.
Naija News confirms that, the federal government is partnering with Rep. Mohammed Usman (APC-Makarfi/Kudan) to flag off the medical mission.
“Through this initiative, we would be restoring vision to 10,000 poor Nigerians; 250 per state
“We are targeting to treat about 3 million patients who cannot afford the medical intervention.
“Last year, we offered cataract surgery to over 8,000 people across the country who normally would not have been able to pay, with 20 surgeries recorded today,’’ he said.
The President, Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), Dr Ayobade Ogundipe, said have volunteered to perform the cataract operations anywhere the project would be conducted in the country.
“The last national conference of OSN was held in Kaduna and we developed a strategic plan of putting all our resources to making the nation free of avoidable or treatable blindness,’’ he stressed.
Ogundipe said with the launch of the national project, OSN has been given a platform to exhibit their willingness to help restore vision to the cataract blind and also give them a new lease of life.
Host Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the federal government for choosing to flag off the project in Kaduna state.