A total of 1, 700 eye patients have benefitted from a special eye care outreach ordered by H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Undertaken by ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses under the coordination of Sahel Optics and Vision Services, the outreach included free cataract surgeries for 850 patients, free eye-lid surgeries for 425 patients and the provision of free optical glasses for 425 other patients.
Many others who only required drugs but not surgery or optical glasses for their ailments were given such drugs for free, as well.
At 100 patients per each of the 17 local government areas, the cataract and eye-lid surgeries were conducted in five zonal centers including Nguru which comprises of Nguru, Machina and Karasuwa local governments; Gashu’a comprising of Yusufari, Bade and Jakusko local governments; Gaidam covering Yunusari, Gaidam and Bursari local governments; Damaturu comprising of Gulani, Gujba, Damaturu and Tarmuwa local governments; and Potiskum covering Potiskum, Fune, Fika and Nangere local governments.
The free eye surgery initiative was designed to assist those suffering from cataract and other eye ailments to regain their sights and feel well again.
Dr. Adamu Abdullahi of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH) who led the team of ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses to conduct the surgeries said that “the outreach offered an opportunity for the less-privileged to have their blindness reversed through surgery at no cost courtesy of the Yobe state government”.
Beneficiaries across the five centers where the surgeries took place were full of gratitude and appreciation for H.E Gov. Gaidam. Mohammed Isa, who was operated on and discharged said “there is much improvement and I am getting better and seeing again after years of living without good eyesight. It is absolutely an amazing gesture by the state governor and we are indeed grateful to him”.
The PHOTOS below, captured by Government House Chief of Photography Hassan Muhammad, are from the outreach service conducted in Potiskum zone at Potiskum town.