By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
About five-thousand eye patients with various conditions ranging from cataract, allergy, infection, viral causes, trachoma and preventable conditions have receive free eye service by an International Non-Government Organization “Noor Dubai Foundation”.
Speaking to newsmen at the free eye Camp at Murtala Muhammad Squared in Kaduna Thursday, the Team Leader of the Noor Dubai Foundation, Dr, Mansur Rabiu disclosed that after screening of patients, provision of eye drops, treatment, distribution of eye glasses, operations for cataract cases and consultation will be administered.
Dr, Rabiu said the eye camp program is in collaboration with Kaduna State Government, Al-Basar International Foundation and supported by Kaduna State University (KASU).
According to him, the Organization, based in Dubai with its first time to Nigeria, bring twenty eye doctors to render help with the Nigerian counterpart to perfect the free eye camp program.
“This is the first time Noor Dubai is taking particular work in Nigeria and decided to bring it to Kaduna State because we realized that from the National survey that we done within different part of Nigeria some few years ago, it has demonstrated that burden of the problem within the different states and Kaduna is among the states in the north that has highest eye conditions.
“As part of the engagement of our organization which it entails to build the human capacity and research capacity of hospitals in the developing world, we related with Kaduna State University and they welcomed the idea to start having some collaborative work and one of the things they requested was to have this eye Camp with us and that is basically why we came to Nigeria.
“This is more like an initiation, more like establishing rapour and linkages, because you need to have an entering point and this is part of the entering point to relate with Kaduna State University and the Government.
“After this, we then sit together and work out more collaborative work in research and human resource development” he stated.
Noor Team Leader affirmed that they will operate 500 people, screen 3000 people and treat those that can be treated while others that needed surgery will be referred to appropriate hospitals where they can be treated.
He mentioned that the Organization is happy to bring the program to Kaduna State, adding that from the National survey they conducted in different part of Nigeria few years ago, Kaduna is among the states in the north that has highest eye conditions.
Dr, Rabiu was of the opinion that the whole essence of the eye care program is to break barrier that is preventing people from accessing these services in most places that have burden of cataract which is major cause of blindness.
Speaking, the Director, Public Health at the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ado Zakaria Mohammed representing the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo said the State Government welcomes the idea and the way the people responded to the call to come for eye screening and believed they will get what they came for.
“We as government, we are appreciative of the service Noor Dubia is given to the less privilege and the poor and hoped that the relationship will be more cardinal”.
While, the Head of Department, Human and Anatomy Kaduna State University-KASU, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo representing the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Mohammed Tanko confirmed that during the screening, they identified large number of people with cataract for extraction which is a relief to many patients who were affected.
“Out of the patients, 10% of the 5,000 which is about 500 with cataract will be identified and taken to the Bauro Dikko Teaching Hospital where they will be operated on”.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that there would be a follow-up of those operated with cataract and subsequent medication, adding that KASU is interested in partnering with any Organization or foreign donor in various areas.
Professor Mohammed Tanko observed that the program is being smoothly run and people are happy, while commending the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai for collaborating with the Noor Dubai Foundation to ensure that 5,000 patients screened for various eye problems.
Contributing, the Head of Department of Ophthalmologist, Bauro Dikko Teaching Hospital, Dr. Silas Bakut who observed that even though Kaduna State have the highest eye doctor compared to other states, said the number of people that turned out for the free eye testing is large.
“Unfortunately, eye conditions are problems that you found and very common on people who are indigenes, most people who cannot afford care, unfortunately are people who have consecration of eye conditions so when we continue to have such programs like, you found out that it will go a long way in helping a lot of people”. he said.
“You can see that the people that are here are in their thousands but the more people come up with programs like these, the more will be able to assist the indigenes in the society.