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Government tackles blindness, restores sight to 8,000

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar
06 September 2019   |   3:45 am
Over 8,000 Nigerians have regained their sight following the Federal Government’s intervention programme.

Over 8,000 Nigerians have regained their sight following the Federal Government’s intervention programme.

National President of Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), Dr. Ayobade Ogundipe, who disclosed this at the 44th scientific conference/yearly general meeting and 50th anniversary celebration of the Society in Calabar yesterday, said the intervention programme in joint collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, named the national cataract project, was inaugurated in February last year with the aim of restoring vision to 10,000 Nigerians who were blind because of cataract.

He said that they have attained 80 per cent implementation of the project, as 30 states and the FCT had completed theirs while the exercise was ongoing in the remaining six states.

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