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World Sight Day: Kano to Establish Eye Clinic in All 44 LGs

- Over 380,000 people benefited from Ganduje Foundation's eye treatment scheme

Usman Garba

Kano state government is set to establish Eye Clinic in the headquarters of all the 44 local governments across the state.

This was disclosed by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje during the closing ceremony of the World Sight Day at Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area (LGA)on Saturday.

“That we intend to establish eye clinic in the headquarters of all the 44 local governments is not enough. We will continue to work very hard in this sector,” he encouraged.

After commenting on the religious imperative in personal hygiene, he also advised people to always take advice from health experts, that “Even in Islam hygiene is absolutely important and necessary.”

A statement by Ganduje’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar and made available to Stallion Times reveals that every second Thursday of October each year is set aside and regarded as World Sight Day.

Governor Ganduje had declared the day opened at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, in Kano Emirate, where 4,306 people were treated.

In Dwakin Tofa LGA, He declared the program closed after commending all the health workers who participated in the exercise from beginning.

The World Sight Day took place across all the five Emirates, in some selected LGA’s, in the state. In Bichi Emirate 2,904 people were treated, Gaya Emirate 2,536, Karaye Emirate 2,426 and in Rano Emirate, 2,741 people were also treated.

Representative of a global body Sight Boost, at the occasion, Dr Kamilu Sale acknowledged and appreciated that, “Your Excellency we are aware how concerned you are with people’s eyes. We are aware how Ganduje Foundation treated over 380,000 people with sight problems.”

He further disclosed that, ” Since 2014 Ganduje Foundation has treated people with eye problem in six stages, trachoma surgery was performed for 17,600, some 264,000 were diagnosed and provided with prescriptions and 105,600 were provided with eye glasses.”

World Health Organization (WHO), Sight Boost, National Orientation Agency and other development partners commended governor Ganduje for his good intervention in the health sector, urging people to always support the governor in making Kano healthier.

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