Huge Turnout In Akwa Ibom For MTN Foundation Free Eye Screening & Surgery (Photos)

The popular Ibom Hall in Akwa Ibom was yesterday filled to
the brim as a lot of people turned out to be screened for diverse eye problems
to curb preventable blindness.
The screening exercise began at 8am, and treatments began
shortly after screening and testing. All treatments from surgeries to giving of
reading glasses and drug packs were all given out for free.
Partnering with the Akwa-Ibom State Government, 6,000 patients
are expected to benefit from the project (2,000 cataract surgeries, 2,000 pairs
of glasses and 2,000 drug packs) which will run from yesterday, January 11 to
January 30, 2016.

The MTN Foundation Eyesight Restoration Intervention Scheme
(MTNF EyeRIS) in partnership with Eye Foundation Centre for the Prevention of
Blindness (EFCPB) 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.

A section of the hall was also dedicated to SIM registration
for MTN users who might not have registered prior to now. And same will take
place at other states when screening starts.

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