6,000 Patients To Benefit From MTN Foundation, Akwa Ibom State Free Eye Surgery Programme

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6,000 patients will benefit from the ongoing free eye
surgery programme organised by the MTN Foundation in partnership with Akwa Ibom
State Government and the Eye Foundation.
The initiative is happening under the MTN Foundation Eyesight Restoration Intervention Scheme (MTN Foundation EyeRIS).   Through this initiative that commenced on
January 11 and will end January 30, 2016, there will be 2,000 cataract surgeries, distribution
of 2,000 pairs of glasses and 2,000 drug
packs
to people with various eye problems for free.  
The opening ceremony of the event held at the state capital,
Uyo, had in attendance the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Moses Ekpo; Wife
of the State Governor, Mrs. Martha Edom Emmanuel; Commissioner for Health, Dr.
Dominic Ukpong; MTN Foundation Executive Secretary, Ms. Nonny Ugboma; Chief
Enterprise Solution Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Frederick Udoaka; Company
Secretary, MTN Nigeria, Mrs. Uto Ukpanah and Dr. Onyesse Obinna of Eye
Foundation.

The MTN Foundation EyeRIS is aimed at curbing preventable blindness in
Nigeria by conducting free cataract surgeries and providing free reading
glasses and drug packs to Nigerians.
In phase 1, in partnership with respective State
Governments, more than 34,000 patients in 6 States (Abia. Delta, Jigawa, Niger,
Osun, & Sokoto) benefitted from the project, made up of 10,610 cataract
operations and distribution of 11,946 pairs of glasses and 11,808 drug packs.
In phase 2, Akwa-Ibom, Ekiti, Kwara, Imo, Ogun, and Ondo
States have been selected for the project. Working with the various State
Governments, the intervention has been successfully completed in Ogun, Imo,
Ondo and Kwara States where 7,158 cataract surgeries were performed, 8,000
pairs of glasses and 8,000 drug packs distributed.

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