Kano Gov. Flags-Off Free Eye Treatment For 5,500 People
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has kick-started the special eye treatment for 5,500 people, conducted by Ganduje Foundation, in collaboration with the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano city recently.
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Ganduje explained that the exercise is being free and aimed at bringing specialized ophthalmic services to the doorsteps of the common man, especially rural dwellers. “Under this arrangement, 500 eye surgeries will be conducted, while 5,000 other eye cases would be treated free-of-charge. Several eye ailments will be treated and will cover male and female, the young and the old as we are seeing now,” the governor stated.
He pointed out that expatriate eye specialists from the IIRO will work with their Nigerian counterparts, engaged by the Ganduje Foundation, assuring that patients would be treated with the use of sophisticated equipment and qualitative medicaments.
The governor, therefore, charged prospective beneficiaries of the programme to cooperate with officials conducting the exercise and to abide by medical instructions, for the treatment to be successful.
The governor advised the people to take good care of their eyes in view of their sensitivity, and to avoid patronizing quack doctors and herbalists so as to prevent visual impairment.
In a related development, the governor has commissioned renovation and extension works at the Dialysis, Pharmacy and Out-Patient Departments of Nassarawa Specialist Hospital in the state capital. He also commissioned a renovated and extended laboratory at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, where he restated his determination to provide additional facilities in hospitals and health centers across the state.
Governor Ganduje also inspected the upgrading of Dawakin Cottage Hospital to a General Hospital, which includes renovation and extension of physical structures. He expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work, urging the contractor to maintain the trend.
The governor similarly inspected the on-going rehabilitation and asphalting of Kwanar Zira-Zaura-Dungurawa Road being executed by the government at the cost of about N814 million.