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Rivers Commissioner sponsors eye care initiative

07 February 2014, 08:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Cross River State Commissioner for Information, Chief Akin Rickett, has sponsored free eye treatment for more than 700 people in Yakurr Local Government Area of the state.
The programme included provision of free drugs, reading eye and corrective glasses as well as surgery for those with cataract and glaucoma.

The commissioner described the programme as a community outreach effort to alleviate some of the predicaments of his people by providing succour to the less privileged and physically impaired in the area.
Out of the 700 patients, 400 patients came from Yakurr 1 State Constituency and over 300 from Yakurr II State Constituency.

He said the programme was in partnership with the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, which informed his decision to bring the exercise closer to those who need it most. Ricket said he facilitated the programme in Yakurr Local Government Area due to the feedback he got from his findings about the case of unavoidable blindness prevalence in the area.

“The programme started last December in Ugep for Yakurr 1 State Constituency with eight villages as beneficiaries and would be concluded in February 17 for those with surgical needs in Yakurr II constituency which has seven communities to round off the outreach,” Rickett said.

He urged people with eye problem to always visit the nearest health centres in their localities to get immediate medical attention rather than sit at home for endless treatment.

– CAJ News

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