Katsina: 7 year-old twins, over 500 patients regained sight after successful free eye surgery
No fewer than 2500 patients were screened out of which 520 were operated on among whom were 7 year-old twins and 9 months-old baby have regained their sight after a successful surgery conducted by the team of medical Doctor’s from King Saud Medical City/ WAMY Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, those who were not operated on were given medication to treat the milder cases numbering over a thousand.
This was disclosed to our reporter by Ibrahim Bala, the Personal Assistant to the Special Adviser on International Relations and Investments, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari shortly after the closing ceremony of the program in the State.
While speaking at the closing ceremony, the Governor of Katsina State Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, The Head of the Riyadh medical Dr. Samir Monssour thanked the Special Adviser on International Relations and Investments, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari for using his personal contacts and influence in facilitating the coming of the 12 surgeons to Katsina State.
He further stressed the current government commitments by providing befitting health care services to Katsina residents which is not limited to just the indigenes of the state. Ibrahim Zakari also appreciated the Doctor’s dedication and resilience which helped in attaining the desired successes achieved all at FREE of CHARGE.
During the closing ceremony, the team of the doctors who conducted the surgeries also presented awards to the State Governor, Deputy Governor, SGS, S.A Ibrahim Zakari and the Commissioner of Health for making their stay in the state hitch free. They also distributed cash for assistance to the tune of over N2m to all the 47 staffs of the Katsina Eye Centre who facilitated in the smooth conduct of the exercise as parting gift.
Some of the beneficiaries of the free surgery who spoke with our reporter could not hide their joy as they thanked Ibrahim Zakari and also the team of doctors for helping them regain their sight after a very long time.
Ibrahim Bala, the Personal Assistant to the Special Adviser who was with the Doctor’s since they arrived in Nigeria said, we are proud of the surgeons. They performed much more than what we expected. He said the S.A has invited them to come back to the State to perform FREE general surgeries such as VVF, appendix, hernia amongst others. They promised to be back with over 30 surgeons in about 4 months to perform yet again free medical surgeries.