More than 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons and members of their host communities in Fune and Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State have benefitted from free eye surgery and medical outreach conducted by a non-governmental organization, the Relume Charitable Foundation.
The president of the foundation, Professor Sherri Adeosun highlighted the success recorded during the free surgical and medical outreach.
Professor Adeosun said 1,156 patients have been attended to in the LGAs concerned.
According to her, nine types of surgeries were offered to 158 patients in the areas.
She listed the surgeries to include herniorrhaphy, cataract, ganglion excision, cesarean section, hydrocelectomy, appendectomy, anterior colporrhaphy, posterior colpoperineorraphy and excisional biopsy.
Professor Adeosun said the organisation had also provided full treatment and medication to 998 patients for various ailments.
She pointed out that Community Health Extension Workers had earlier visited 2,240 households to gather data for the outreach, aimed at providing emergency response to the needs of internally displaced persons and their hosts.
She commended the local Community-Based Organizations (CBO) and Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Yobe State Chapter, for their various support in the successful implementation of the programme.
A beneficiary of herniorrhaphy in Gujba, Malam Isa Baba said he suffered from the sickness for 15 years because he couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery.
Malam Baba, who said his health condition has significantly improved since the surgery, thanked the foundation for the gesture.
Another beneficiary of cataract surgery in Fune, Amina Adamu, who struggled with sight defects for nine years, also thanked the foundation for coming to her aid.
Reporting by Alkasim Bala; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor