Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital in India and Thelish Eye Centre in Kaduna have jointly set up a comprehensive eye care hospital in Kaduna.
The Indian hospital spent over N200 million to procure modern eye-care equipment for Thelish Eye Centre, which had since commenced operations.
Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, which was established in 1957, has already installed state-of-the-art equipment at the centre.
Dr Ime Etuk, the Executive Director of Thelish Eye Centre, and Mr Sundaresan Rajagopalan of Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital, conducted newsmen round the equipment on Thursday in Kaduna.
Etuk said that Thelish Eye Centre was collaborating with the Indians to provide advanced ophthalmological services at affordable rates.
“The hospital now has facilities to render therapeutic services for retina complications, including those related to diabetes and emergencies; apart from cataracts, glaucoma, child eye care, kertoconus, as well as refractive error.
“The hi-tech investigative and diagnostic facilities will support the medical team to conduct appropriate diagnosis and vision status of patients,” he said.
Etuk noted that the hospital had conducted major surgeries on more than 80 patients, using the advanced equipment and eye specialists engaged through the deal, within the last two weeks.
On his part, Rajagopalan said that the services of the hospital, which included optical, pharmaceutical and laboratory services, made the hospital a preferred hospital for complete therapy for retina disorders.
He said that intravitreal injections with specialist surgeons, technicians, paramedics and nursing staff had been provided for the hospital to reduce the cost of treatment.
“This will reduce the cost of treatment and the number of Nigerians looking for such services abroad,” Rajagopalan said.