Kano, Makkah Specialist hospital sign MoU on eye care service

The Kano State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al-Basar International Foundation (Makkah Specialist Eye Hospital), Kano, on provision of eye care services to rural communities.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa stated at the formal commissioning ceremony of 2,800 free eye surgeries in Kano on Wednesday.

The surgery is sponsored by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in Collaboration with Al-Basar International Foundation and support of Kano state government.

According to him, the signing of the MoU was aimed at preparing a formidable ground on ways to treat patients grappling with various forms of eye problem.

“The MoU is aimed at reducing the number of patients suffering from various eye ailments especially in rural communities where people could not afford to pay for the services.

In his remarks, Governor Ganduje who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji described health care delivery as part of his major cardinal thrust in the present democractic setting.

He said his administration had chosen to place high premium on health care as encapsulated in this year’s budget due to its indispensability.

“Rendering humanitarian services as regards the issue of conducting free eye surgeries has been considered as a gesture worth taking into cognizance by his administration and that the effort put in place by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in collaboration with Al-Basar Foundation has positively impacted on the lives of the less-priviledged.

“The issue of one jetting out of the country in search of eye cure does not arise as one needs not to travel to either Dubai or Saudi Arabia for such a purpose affirming that with the services rendered by the King Salman Centre in collaboration with Albasar Foundation, eye problems can be treated locally.

He said,”Even I myself has underwent an eye surgery conducted on my person by Al-Basar Foundation here in the ancient city of Kano and the result was spectacular. The surgery on my eye was professionally conducted to my satisfaction. I see no reason why one must to go to either Dubai or Saudi Arabia for an eye treatment”.

Also speaking, the Foundation’s Regional Supervisor in charge of Sudan and Nigeria, Dr. Zeyad Al-Suwaidan said the Foundation had spread its tentacles to 29 countries across the global, rendering such humanitarian services most especially in the area of fighting Catarach.

He said the Foundation’s major cardinal thrust was to ensure that humanitarian services were rendered to those who were on the verge of losing their sight in countries noted to have been bedevilled by such a problem pointing out that its current target in Kano and Bauchi states is up to 4,000 people.

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