The King Salman Humanitarian Aid Centre, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Albasar International Foundation (Makkah Specialist Eye Hospital Kano) sponsored free eye surgery to 4000 people living with different blindness diseases in Kano and Bauchi states.
Daily Focus reports that out of the 4,000 patients, 2,800 are from Kano while the remaining are in Bauchi state.
Speaking to newsmen during the program in Kano, the MD Regional Director of the foundation Dr Moheildin Abdalla Elbadawi said the intervention is to help curtail the effect of blindness among poor people who cannot afford to pay for surgery.
He added that the program is in line with the mission of establishing Albasar foundation, which is supporting and partnering with governments and other bodies in blindness control, by supporting poor needy patients in particular and the general public.
According to him the program which commenced simultaneously at Makkah Specialist Hospital in Kano and Bauchi on Tuesday, had so far conducted the surgery on more than 150 patients.
He said all patients operated under the program are entitled to free discharge medicines and post-surgery follow ups.
“So many people with blindness don’t know that it can be cured or don’t have access to healthcare. So that is why we went and mobilized people to come for this free service,” he added.
He said the free surgery program will continue and that the patients will be invited on a daily basis batch by batch for the free surgery.
On their part some of the beneficiaries expressed delight for the gesture and thank the foundation for the support.
Idris Haruna, 35, from Garko, who has been with blindness for six years said he can now see with his eyes even before the bandage was removed, “They came to our village some days ago and screened us. I never thought it was true but I have seen it now.”
Hauwa Ibrahim, 55, from Zarewa said her eye was injured and could not be treated for many years due to lack of money, adding that without the foundation’s support she will live the rest of her life as a blind.