Rotary to carry out eye surgery in Lagos, Kano
First female President of Rotary Club of Lagos Island, Kamlesh Jain, said her tenure will focus on activities geared towards bringing smiles to Nigerians and adding value to the society.
Jain disclosed this during her investiture as the sixth President of the club.
She stressed that the club will focus on free cataract surgery for the 2021-2022 Rotary year. According to her, they will need between N10 million and N15 million to do so.
She said: “We also have a cervical cancer project, where we are targeting a thousand girls to take care of the screening and vaccination. We will need between $25 million and $30 million. We have a bigger project and I am ready and completely enthusiastic about it.
“We are committed to education, so we are embarking on ‘Ka Iwe’ project, where we will be equipping and renovating libraries in local councils to increase reading habits.
“We intend to raise such money from different corporate bodies. We are also seeking support from international bodies, and we have already applied for a global grant of $20, 000 and we will get the grant.”
The Indian stated that they have kicked -off a project from October11-27 in Kano and other northern states, adding that they are targeting 600 to 700 surgeries. She said that the group was planning to have one in Abuja and Lagos within the next year.
“We discovered that out of a thousand girls screened, 20 to 30 of them are already positive to cervical cancer. So, we are going to give preventive vaccination,” she explained.
On what service means to her, she said: “Service means making a person who is next to you happy. If I can make the people working with me happy, that’s service.
“Don’t go far looking for people to help, you must start with your immediate environment. Meet the needs of the driver, the domestic workers and then progress to the community.”
Jain, who described Nigerians as one of the flexible and business-oriented people she ever came across, said Nigeria is more than the negative comments online and the views sold to people who haven’t visited the country.