Kano state government has said that it offered free eye treatment and surgeries to 17,820 patients in Kano in the year 2021 to enhance Eye Care Services delivery.
The state commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa disclosed this to newsmen in Kano during a Press Conference to commemorate the World Sight Day of the year 2022 in the state.
He said the although the day was celebrated on 13th October, 2022, the state government shifted the celebrations to be able to prepare for an eye related outreach that will benefit residents of the state, which will hold for 3 days at the Dawakin Tofa Eye Center.
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Represented by the by the Director General of the state Hospital Management Board, Dr Nasir Alhassan Kabo, the commissioner said, 12, 000 people will benefit from the 3 days outreach of various eye interventions which include free eye cataract surgeries, glasses, eye-drops and other medications.
“Kano state is making a difference through commemorating the world sight day every year with Eye Health Awareness activities by conducting Free Eye Health Outreach.
“In 2021 about 17,820 Kano residents benefited from various eye interventions in the state in which free eye glasses, eye-drops, cataract surgeries and other medications were offered. Also this year, we will provide the same free outreach to 12,000 people in the state,” the commissioner has said.
He added that as part of the state government’s commitment to the control of blindness, the ministry has institutionalized the Primary Eye Care into PHC system, and entered partnership with Makkah Eye Clinic where the implementing health facilities were renovated and supplied with ophthalmology equipment.
“The ophthalmology unit of Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital has been renovated and well equipped, specialized eye care services has commenced. Also, a comprehensive Eye Center has been established in Dawakin Tofa General Hospital, and all the 4 newly established Emirate Specialist Hospitals has comprehensive Eye Health units.”
He urged residents in the state to visit the center in order to benefit from the outreach, calling on drivers and riders to also visit for screening of their eyes to reduce road traffic and crashes in the state.