A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Centre For Aiding Vision has carried out free eye surgery on residents of Kabusa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Executive director of the NGO, Prince Adams Akisin said the initiative was borne out of the need to ensure good eye health and prevent avoidable cases of blindness.
“Having lived among them, we saw that there were too many cases of avoidable blindness resulting from poor environmental and occupational behaviours,” he said.
Akisin, who is also the founder of Peace Pact Initiative explained that the free eye testing and screening was carried out in conjunction with the Nigeria Optometrists Association (NOA), FCT, chapter and EXXONMobil, adding that the organization plans to carry out similar programmmes every quarter.
In a reaction, the chief of Kabusa, Esu Yohanna Koche, expressed happiness at the gesture, saying it was the first of its kind in the community.
He urged other well spirited organisations and individuals around the community to emulate the gesture, noting that even though EXXONMobil’s operational base was not in Abuja, its impact had been felt.
Out of the 231 people that benefitted from the exercise, 178 were given glasses and drugs while five of them who had serious cases were referred for surgery and special attention.