The American Medical Association Foundation AMAFOUND has concluded a week long free eye care medical outreach, aimed at providing free medical and eye care services to the poor and vulnerable people in the society.
The free Medical Programme which took place at the specialist Hospital Damaturu, the State Capital, Targeted the less privileged, Persons with disability and the vulnerable people in the state who are in need of treatment for some medical conditions, but couldn’t afford the cost.
The founder, AMA foundation, Mallam Abdullahi Musa Bello said, the outreach targets to address the growing need for eye care services and raise more awareness about preventable vision impairments.
He explained that the foundation is trying to achieve a healthy society and make life easier for Nigerians.
“We are blessed and we have to share. We have started this initiative 13 years ago reaching about 26 states of the federation” He said:
“During the week-long campaign we did cataract surgery, distributed eyeglasses, vision education workshops and free eye screening respectively.
Abdullahi Mohammed Bagare, a nurse from eye department specialist hospital Damaturu, said the issue of sight (eye problem) has become one of the areas of major concern and a serious medical challenge to so many people in the North east region particularly the vulnerable.
He explained that the less privileged had no option other than to loose their sight due to its medication cost or lack of care.
“We have been in the eye system for a long time and we know how valuable the eye is for every human being, If you don’t have an eye automatically you loose part of your independence, that is why we tend to intervene on eye care, to both the old and young people to have their sight recovered and well taken care of”said nurse Abdullahi.
He commended AMA Foundation for the healthcare services rendered to the people of Yobe state adding that the outreach was essential for the betterment of Yobeans