Kano state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa says that 14, 000 people are to benefit from various free eye outreach programs in the entire five Emirate of the state which include surgery, provision of glasses, eye glasses and other related medication as well as health education.
The Commissioner disclosed this on Thursday at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital during the commemoration of the 2021 World Sight Day with the theme of “Love Your Eyes,”
World Sight Day is commemorated all over the world on the second Thursday of October each year to raise awareness about blindness, vision impairment and other related health issues.
He said, “Kano state government under the leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Khadimul Islam is making a difference by commemorating the World Sight Day every year with eye health activities and also conducting free health outreach programs.”
Dr. Tsanyawa also added that “we may wish to know vision impairment is a major intervention in public health issue. Approximately 90 percent of blind people are living within the middle- and low-income countries.
“36 million of global population are blind while 217 million people have moderate to severe vision impairment; and more than 65 percent of visually impaired people are more than 50 years of age. More than 65 percent are women.”
He commended the governor for upgrading and renovating so many hospitals in the state with sophisticated health facilities.
On his part, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, called on people to take good care of their eyes and develop good personal hygiene.
“Kano state government is always sensitizing the members of the public so that they can take good care of their eyes. Because taking care of the eyes start with an individual, you must to do your own part before people or government come to your aid. You must to develop personal hygiene,” he said.
He added that Kano state government is very conscious of the program that is why the state established various outfit in order to take care of your eyes.
“We are expanding our Emirate Hospitals to a minimum of 400 beds at Gaya, Rano, Karaye and Bichi. For Muhammad Abdullahi Wase, we have also established the eye clinic and we expanded it with modern equipment,” he said.
“It is known that, Ganduje Foundation has been taken similarly activities for eye treatment in which it treated over 100,000 patients.
“Ganduje Foundation is know for this eye treatment services. We have treated so far over 100,000 patients. Some with surgery like I mentioned, some with glasses, medicine and some are giving advice for what to do.
The governor urged the public to pay much attention to personal hygiene which is very important in order to keep their eyes safe and healthy.