No fewer than 1,072 persons in Iguobazuwa, Ovia South West Local Government Area in Edo benefited from a N20 million free medical eye care services provided by the Care Vision Support Initiative (CAVSI).
Nigeria News Agency , reports that the free medical eye care services was funded by the TY Danjuma Foundation, a philanthropic grant providing Foundation.
NAN also reports that the Foundation was committed to providing grants to improve the health and education of citizens across the country.
Dr Kumbak Fwangshak, the team leader for CAVSI disclosed this in an interview with NAN, Benin on Friday.
Fwangshak said that the figure comprised of the total number of beneficiaries consulted for during the week long service in the locality.
He disclosed that out of the figures 576 beneficiaries were given free medical eye glasses, while 162 persons benefited from the free cataract and Pterygium surgery.
He explained that whereas cataract surgery was carried out on 132 beneficiaries, Pterygium surgery was carried out on 30 beneficiaries.
He told NAN that the expected beneficiaries by CAVSI had been 2000, with 200 for surgeries and 1000 for glasses.
Mr Gima Forge, the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) TY Danjuma Foundation told NAN that the Foundation had been in existence for 10 years and had funded and sponsored 20 editions of free medical outreach across the country.
He disclosed that since the inception of the Foundation, it had funded no fewer than 15,000 surgeries and 100,000 free medical glasses in its free medical mission.
Similarly, Miss Olutomi Ajayi, the Edo coordinator, TY Danjuma Foundation disclosed that the expected beneficiaries of its free medical mission in the state for the year was 4,000.
She disclosed that earlier in the year, the Foundation had in conjunction with the Noruware Osula Health Foundation carried out a free medical mission outreach in the state.
Some beneficiaries of the free cataract surgery, who spoke with NAN, commended CAVSI and the Foundation for rescuing them from their plight.
Destiny Ugiagbe, a 16-year-old student who had his cataract surgery done, said he could not thank the medical team enough.
He said he had the problem for about five years, and had sought medical attention but was requested to pay N120,000 before surgery could be carried out on him.
He added that because his parents could not raise the fund, he had to be living with problem until succour came his way through this free medical eye care services by C Danjuma Foundation.
Similarly, Mrs Docas Azagba, 67 years, said she had to travel from Kogi to Edo to undergo the cataract surgery.
She disclosed that her eyes were affected by the cataract which she had suffered for five years, and had been to several medical facilities but lack of funds her stalled her surgery.
She thanked the Foundation for funding the exercise and commended the professionalism of the medical team.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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