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Rotary performs free 100 cataract surgeries in Lagos, Ogun

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No fewer than 100 people in Lagos and Ogun states underwent free cataract surgeries sponsored by the Rotary District 9110 Committee on Blindness Prevention.

The surgeries, which took place at the Ace Medicare Clinics, Ota, Ogun State, from January 14 to 17, 2021, through the “Save Our Sight” Mission, were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eko Atlantic, the Lead Sponsor; Gbagada, Agege and Ota.

According to the committee chairman, Dr. Basirat Giwa, the project, which cost over N4 million, depicting the need for a Rotary Eye hospital in communities between both states.

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He said the District Committee on Blindness Prevention initiated the process of selecting beneficiaries of the project in November 2020, in which, after series of medical screenings, those who benefitted were selected and notified that they had been scheduled for the surgery.

Commending the committee, the District Governor, Bola Oyebade, expressed delight to see the partnering clubs collaborating to restore the sight of 100 persons, adding that as a humanitarian organisation noted for doing good, the beneficiaries would be grateful for the restoration of their sights.

According to him, “The committee has done a good job by giving in their talent, time and treasure to restore the hope of these Nigerians. They have made the district proud. The ultimate aim of this mission is to establish a Rotary Eye Clinic that will provide all year-round quality and affordable Ophthalmic Services to the poor and vulnerable.”

Speaking on the behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Folashade Alawode expressed her appreciation to the team for helping to restore their sights.

She noted that they were well taken care of all through the period of being hospitalised, adding: “after the surgery, my eye pads were removed, my eyes were dressed and I was given appropriate medications and instructions.”

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