From: Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
About 1,200 persons drawn from Bauchi, Gombe and Plateau states are currently being treated free of charge eyes related diseases at Makkah Eye Center in Bauchi.
Our Correspondent reports that the free medical eye treatment outreach is facilitated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in conjunction with the Albashar International Foundation collaborating with Bauchi state Government under its 8th Volunteer Medical Campaign for Opthalmology 2021 outreach in Nigeria.
During the one week outreach, patients suffering from all eyes related diseases will be attended to including surgery and issuance of free medicated eye glasses.
Inspecting the exercise on Thursday in Bauchi, the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed commended the NGO for collaborating with the state government in rendering Humanitarian services for people of the state, pointing out that, it is a welcome development.
The Governor said that the beneficiaries were randomly selected during a previous tests conducted, adding that there are people from neighbouring Plateau and Gombe states who are benefitting because according to him it is a humanitarian service.
The Governor commended the management of the Center for making the facility available for the outreach assuring that government will continue to collaborate with the Center.
“We will work in synergy with the management of the Center to ensure that it is upgraded to a more standard center where every required treatment can be made without having to go elsewhere”
According to him, “My administration will always prioritize improved health care service delivery to the people of the state as quality health care delivery cannot be over emphasized”.
He appealed to the Foundation to make the medical outreach a regular exercise because according to him one time cannot take care of the large number of people who are in need of such treatment in the state.