Ahead of the 2019 general election, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who is re-running for office under the All Progressive Congress (APC) party, has made a big move in winning the heart of Nigerians, by paying for the cataract surgery of 270 people in Nasarawa.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s “Restore Vision Project” is offering free cataract surgery to more than 270 visually impaired persons in Nasarawa State in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health.
A Consultant Orphthomologist at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Dr. James Ajige, told newsmen on Friday that the exercise has commenced with the screening of persons with cases of cataract. He explained that after proper examination, those requiring surgery would undergo the process, urging all cataract patients to avail themselves of the opportunity.
“We have already screened quite a number of persons and are expecting more to come forward and get screened in order to benefit from this gesture that will be carried out across the three senatorial zones of the state,” Ajige said.
He also appealed to members of the public with any form of visual impairment to visit the hospital and not resort to self help or self medication considering the delicate nature of the eye.
“I encourage anyone with poor vision to go for proper medical check at the hospital to avoid complications given the sensitivity of the eye,” he advised.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had, on March 8, launched the Buhari Restore Vision Project aimed at restoring sight to 10,000 Nigerians with cataract through surgical intervention.