Akpan Etukudoh Asare
An eye services firm, Tulsi Foundation has effectively carried out 38,458 eye surgeries in parts of Cross River State in the last 10 years, according to Dr. Richard Sylvester who is a key official of the foundation in Nigeria.
He disclosed this in Calabar at a ceremony anchored by the City OS’s River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in conjunction with First City Monument Bank to emphasise importance of eye care.
Sylvester said their partnership started with Cross River State Government In 2003 and since then till now “We have successfully carried out 38458 eye surgeries that have restored sight to Cross River citizens. We pledge to do more to improve eye Care in the state.”
Speaking, zonal manager of FCMB Mr. Ime Ette said they have treated over 10,000 people’s eye cases in the state in the last 10 years.
“We have also improved the quality of living for over 200000 people in remote areas of Nigeria who otherwise would have lived with blindness.”
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Beta Edu also disclosed that her agency has now taken eye care services to the local communities of the state through a project called, ‘Community outreach for the priceless gift of sight projects’.
She also said it was part of the social corporate social responsibility of First City Monument Bank which has worked for over ten years with the Tulsi Chanrai Eye Foundation and the State Government.
Edu said the Idea of taking the eye check and treatment services to the hinterlands of the state was “To ensure that the people in those places can have access to eye care especially for refractive errors and primary issues while eye surgeries for cataract and other issues can be referred to Calabar for proper management.”
She called on the people to take advantage of the services available at Primary Healthcare centres in Ikom and Ogoja and other designated centres in Calabar to address their eye needs.
Edu described the eyes as the windows to the body and soul, noting that several persons have gone into impoverishment and depression just because of blindness.
She said “Curable blindness negatively affects the economy of the individual, his family and society. So the ability of regaining that sight must indeed be a priceless gift”.