The Zamfara State Government has offered free eye surgery and treatment to 2,800 patients under its free eye surgery and treatment programme, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Dankande, has said.
Mr. Dankande disclosed this after inspecting the post operations exercise of the programme at the Eye Care Center of King Fahad Hospital, Gusau on Monday.
He said the state government engaged Visions Saver Eye Care Limited, an Eye Care Non-Governmental Organisation, to conduct the exercise.
The commissioner noted that the programme, being undertaken with the 14 local government councils of the state, targets 9,800 patients with various eye problems across the state.
“We noticed that many people, especially in rural areas suffer from various eye related diseases, but due to lack of financial support, they cannot go to hospitals for treatment.
“In each of the 14 local governments, we selected 700 people to benefit from this programme, 100 patients from each LGA will benefit from free eye surgery while the remaining 600 beneficiaries will be provided with medical classes and drugs.
“We are witnessing the post operation exercise of 2,800 patients who have been successfully discharged.
“The 2,800 beneficiaries we are discharging today are from Gusau, Bungudu, Maru and Tsafe LGAs.
“We are going to flag off similar exercise next Friday for beneficiaries from Zamfara East Senatorial district comprising, Birnin-Magaji, Kaura-Namoda, Shinkafi and Zurmi LGAs,’’ he said.