FCTA launches free eye surgery for 500 indigent patients
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced free eye surgery for cataract patients in the Kwali Regional Council in Abuja.
Secretary of the FCT Secretariat for Health and Social Services, Dr. Abubakar Tafida, who initiated the scheme at Kwali General Hospital, said the first batch of 500 indigent patients would benefit from the scheme.
He said that efforts to support the program would be intensified with the support of development partners and other stakeholders, saying that the program may not continue to be free in the future and that the cost would be made affordable for people. patients.
“We raised the issue with the minister who approved that 500 patients be operated on free of charge. This is the beginning, as we continue this activity we hope it will result in the development of a high volume cataract surgery center in Kwali. Even though it won’t be free after a while, it will pay off,” he said.
UAUTH ophthalmologist, Dr. Halima Kyari, and partner of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, said stakeholders had received the attention the program needed as patients lost their sight and economic well-being.
She said some of the patients who received the free surgery have been blind for 10 years and the partners provided all the consumables that supplemented FCTA’s efforts.
Furthermore, the Supreme Leader and Etsu of Kwali, Dr. Aliyu Shaban, commended the FCT administration for extending such pro-poor program to his domain.
He called for the program to be maintained and possibly extended to other rural communities where there are many indigent cataract patients.