Lagos, Nigeria. 25th January 2021. The Rotary District 9110 Committee on Blindness Prevention embarked on a 3-day “Save Our Sight” Mission to Ota, Ogun State and performed free cataract surgeries on 100 Residents of Lagos and Ogun States. The surgeries took place at the Ace Medicare Clinics, Ota, Ogun State from January 14-17 2021.
The surgeries which were sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Eko Atlantic (the Lead Sponsor); Gbagada; Agege and Ota. The project which cost over N4million naira is geared towards depicting the need for a Rotary Eye hospital in a community between both states.
According to the Committee Chair, PP Dr Basirat Giwa said, “As an organization that is interested in humanitarian services; the District Committee on Blindness Prevention initiated the process of selecting beneficiaries of the project in November 2020. After series of medical screenings, those who benefitted were selected and notified that they have been scheduled for the surgery.”
While commending the committee, the District Governor Bola Oyebade noted that the theme for the Rotary Year is Opportunities and he is delighted to see the partnering clubs collaborating to restore the sight of 100 persons. As a humanitarian organization noted for doing good, the beneficiaries will be grateful for the restoration of their sights and our charge to them is to reciprocate good deeds in various ways.
According to him, “The Committee has done a good job by giving in their talent, time and treasure to restore the hope of these Nigerians. They have made the District proud. The ultimate aim of this Mission is to establish a Rotary Eye Clinic that will provide all-year-round quality and affordable Ophthalmic Services to the poor and vulnerable.”
Speaking on the behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Folashade Alawode expressed her appreciation to the team for helping to restore their sights. She noted that the process of selecting the beneficiaries was devoid any favouritism and they were well taken care of all through the period of being hospitalized. “After the surgery, my eye pads were removed, my eyes were dressed and I was given appropriate medications and instructions.”
Other members of the Committee include Rotns Dele Balogun; Abioye Giwa; Babatunde Awoyemi; Favour Madu; Airen Efosa and Fatai Oluyadi. Others are Rotns Dr Wole Kukoyi; Niyi Adedokun; Sanjeev Tandon; Tunde Solu; Victor Edomwande and Toun Agbe Davies.
Other partnering institutions are Eye Institute of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital that assembled the team of Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Nurses and other support staff and Mouka Foam that donated 100 Hospital Mattresses.