300 persons to benefit from free cataract surgery in Ekiti State


Over 300 Visually impaired persons is to benefit from the “Restore Vision Project” initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s cataract surgery in Ekiti State.

The project, which commences in Ekiti State this week, is in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health, as a group of Ophthalmologists have arrived the state for the Free Health Mission of the Fayemi’s administration.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Folake Olomojobi who made this known in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital said those requiring surgery out of the 620 Ekiti indigenes already screened for Cataract on Wednesday and Thursday across the 16 local government areas of the state would undergo corrective surgery during the programme.

She appealed to people with any form of visual impairment to visit any of the designated centres of the Free Health Mission for medical attention.

Dr Olomojobi said the target of the screening which is financed by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s “Restore Vision Programme” and the Ekiti State government is to ensure that the state is free from cataract which is one of the leading causes of blindness in Nigeria.

Some of the beneficiaries of the cataract screening exercise, appreciated the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi for its concern and commitment to ensuring that the entire citizens enjoy quality health care and improved living standard, also urged the government to make the Free Health Mission a continuous exercise.

The Free Health Mission which commences today, will be formally flagged off on Wednesday at Ikere Ekiti by the Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who is the initiator of the Free Health Mission.

The Buhari Restore Vision Project which is aimed at restoring sight to 10,000 Nigerians with cataract through surgical intervention was launched in March 2018 by the Health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole.

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