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Rotary club, Ashafa, others partner on free eye surgery


On Saturday, relief came the way of a traumatized mother, Mrs. Helen Popoola, whose eight months old baby boy, Brainard, was among the hundreds of patients that were successfully operated under different categories of free eye surgery sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, Rotary Eye Institute, India and Indo Eye-Care Foundation, in collaboration with the lawmaker representing Lagos East in the senate, Mr. Gbenga Ashafa.

The operation, which took place at the General Hospital, Lagos, Marina was carried out by a medical team of four expatriate eye surgeons from India and 11 para-medical staff.

Past President of the club, Mukesh Bhatt, who is in charge of the exercise, said eight children, besides Brainard, were successfully operated on, which include Abiodun Falola 8; Daniel Idowu 7; Daniel Oyeyipo 5; Isichukwu Mbachi 4 among other patients. He gave the credit of the exercise to Indo Eye Foundation, Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, the Federal Government represented by Senator Ashafa, management of the General Hospital, and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

Some 160 patients sponsored by the senator were those diagnosed of different eye diseases at the Lagos town hall meeting/free medical outreach held in December 2017. Ashafa promised to continue to offer support to the organisation and others on free medical issues.President of the club, Atul Kshetry, said about 100 operations are being carried out daily with the target of 1,400 to be achieved this year.

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