436 Kano residents get Rotary Club’s free eye surgery
No fewer than 436 Kano residents recently benefitted from a free eye surgery carried out by Rotary Club of Lagos Island, in collaboration with the Geeta Ashram Nigeria.
The exercise, which was conducted under Rotary’s Free Eye Operation Camp, tagged ‘Vision 2020 – the right to sight’, recorded mass turnout of people, with beneficiaries calling on political office holders and wealthy Nigerians to help ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians with eye- related problems by providing access to free medical screening and treatment.
Two of the beneficiaries, a 75-year-old trader, Mrs. Christiana Ogunmola, who received her two eyesight after suffering for over 10 years, as well as a 62-year-old businesswoman, Mrs. Justina Obi, described blindness as a shameful disease.
Speaking, an ophthalmologist from ECWA Eye Hospital, Dr. Ugbede Idakwo, who conducted the surgery along with Dr. Mayor Atima, extolled the virtues of the sponsors and urged Nigerians, especially the poor masses, to be conscious of their health, as any neglect of such could result to untimely and instalmental death or blindness.
The duo, pleaded with the Federal Government on the need for continued support to NGOs to give hope to the hopeless, who usually stay away from hospitals due to huge hospital bills.
In their remarks, the coordinator of the project, Rotary Club of Lagos Island, Chief Anil Gopwani, and a member of the trustees of Geeta Ashram, Mr. Manu Lalwani, expressed their appreciation to the medical team of the ECWA Eye Hospital, Kano led by the director, Dr. Atima.
It would be recalled that Geeta Ashram, an NGO started the project in 2001 and subsequently partnered with the Rotary Mega Club of Lagos Island to actualize 2017 project.
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