About five hundred people have benefited from the free cataract surgery in Ekiti State, by the Federal government.
The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi announced this at the flag- off of the programme tagged, “President Buhari Restores Vision Programme”, held in Ado Ekiti.
The free health intervention programme of the president Mohamadu Buhari in partnership with Ekiti State government is to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality healthcare, address the burden of increasing blindness and promote healthy society.
Ekiti state Governor, Dr kayode fayemi represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi who identified Financial constrant, ignorance and fear as the leading causes of barriers to utilization of cataract surgery, promised that no one would be left out in the efforts to address the problem.
Governor Fayemi explained that 250 have benefited in Ekiti State out of the ten thousand people targeted in the president Buhari Restores vision project across Nigeria, but Ekiti government decided to increase the number to about five hundred as part of passion to promote healthy living.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Folakemi Olomojobi said the eye surgery would cost over sixty thousand Naira per person, without government’s support.
An ophthalmologist with the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Dr kayode Ajite said the surgery would be carried out by indigenous Doctors and promised the readiness of the Ophthalmology Association of Nigeria to continue to support government in provision of quality health.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke in Ekiti dialet commended the gesture and called on Nigerians to vote president Buhari next week Saturday, saying that Governor Fayemi’s closeness to the top had yielded meaningful result.