Two hundred beneft from Club’s Sight project
To commemorate World Sight Day, Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club, Lions International, District 404B2 Nigeria empowered about 200 members of Alausa Community, Ikeja Lagos in the project that featured screening, donation of eyeglasses, distribution of eye drops and drugs.
Speaking at the programme, the President of the club, Lion Alo Michael described the project as one of the five core service projects of Lions International called “Vision”. Others are screening of diabetes patients, feeding the hungry, and environmental project among others.
“In case anyone is discovered to have cataracts, he or she would be given a referral to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where we put up a structure equipped with doctors on the ground to attend to patients.
“We were in this community before when we conducted free tests and administered drugs for diabetes. We promised we would always support them and here we are today again” he said.
The President disclosed that the club was having in the pipeline, another core project on pediatric cancer and they hope to do something for the pediatric hospital.
According to him, the club also would be fixing a digital library for a school in Agidingbi.
The President who advised beneficiaries to also stretch their helping hands to others would like to be remembered as a President who played his part in lending a helping hand to others.
Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club Service Chairperson, Lion Jamiu Mustapha said each month is allotted to a project which the club ensures is carried out accordingly.
One of the Opticians on the ground, Dr Bruno Ugochukwu Omu of Eyelanders Eye Clinic said a lot of factors are responsible for eye defects which include climate, weather, and exposure to screens among others, adding that constant eye screening would eradicate preventable blindness.
He said three types of cataracts which include infertile, juvenile and senile cataracts could be congenital, accumulation of dirt on the lens, and some food taken among others, hence eyes should be protected.
“A lot of things we eat in Nigeria are filled with oxidants which are food filled with carbonic elements that cause damages to the eye.
“Hence, we advise people to take fruits that are rich in vitamin A and food with antioxidants. Fish and egg are also rich in vitamin A” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Olutunde Samson Yemi appreciated the club and prayed for them to prosper.