Katsina State gov’t signs agreement with Dubai foundation to improve eye health care
The Katsina Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Noor Dubai Foundation on comprehensive eye care programme in Katsina State.
The governor who was representing at the meeting in Abuja by his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu said the signing of the agreement marked a great milestone in the delivery of eye care services to the people of the state.
Yakubu said the aim of the partnership was to improve quality of life and socio-economic status of people in the state through reduction of burden of blindness and visual impairment.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Press Affairs, Ibrahim Musa.
According to the statement, the deputy governor said the MoU is a collaborative effort to attain universal eye healthcare in Katsina State by the year 2020.
He said based on studies conducted in the state, there is an estimated blindness burden of 45,000, visual impairment of 95,000 and 10,000 irreversibly blind adding that “this partnership couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Yakubu said the framework covers the whole spectrum of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative eye care services.
He said the 4 year work plan (2018-2022) will cover 15,000 – 18,000 surgeries for cataract, additional 24,000 – 36,000 people to be consulted and treated for eye ailments, 1000 – 2000 permanently blind/low vision people cared for and 300,000 school children screened.
The deputy governor further stated that under the program, 3 functional surgery centres across the 3 senatorial zones, 12 well equipped vision centres across the state, 250 equipped Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the State Eye Health Committee are to be established.
To this end, Yakubu said the state government has recruited 3 ophthalmologists, 4 optometrists, 3 opticians and 12 ophthalmic nurses.
He promised that the state government shall meet all the obligations contained in the MoU.
The deputy governor was accompanied to the ceremony by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Kabir Mustapha and General Manager Hospital Services Management Board, Dr. Abduljalil Umar.