Monday, October 7, 2019

500 Nigerians benefit from Saudi Arabia surgeries

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has launched its volunteer medical campaign for combating blindness and its causes in Nigeria with a plan to carry out glaucoma surgeries on 500 patients in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Adnan Bostaji, explained in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that the campaign funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in collaboration with Al Basar International Foundation, took off on Saturday in Ibadan, and Lafia in Nasarawa State.

He said the first stage of the outreach attended to eye patients and was coordinated with the local government authorities in the two states, adding that it would continue until the end of October.
Bostaji stated that the campaign aimed at diagnosing eye problems by consultants and surgeons in order to give them the necessary treatment, including surgery to remove cataract and glaucoma and to offer them drugs and medical glasses.

The envoy said, “On the first day of the campaign, a great number of Nigerian citizens who came to the campaign’s post in the city of Ibadan were actually examined and diagnosed.

“Most of them were found to have sight weakness or disorders, and the necessary treatment was given to them. The approval has also been made to perform 500 surgical operations in the coming days in order to remove cataract and glaucoma.”

The statement further said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered its humanitarian aid to all humanity, irrespective of religion, race or colour, noting that the medical assistance was meant to enhance and strengthen “the excellent historical ties between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are based on friendliness and mutual cooperation.”