MINNA- 150 cataract patients have benefited from free surgery as part of activities to mark the 70th birthday of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The surgery which was held at the IBB Specialists’ Hospital was coordinated by Dr Amina Abubakar, daughter to the former Nigerian leader.
She told the patients that the free surgery was offered to indigent patients by the Abdulsalami family to enhance access to healthcare services to the needy.
“We want to show appreciation to Almighty Allah for the good health bestowed on our father, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, who will clock 70 years on Wednesday, by assisting the less fortunate members of the society.
“Cataract is a treatable eye disease, but ignorance and poverty had resulted in those affected from it going through difficult times as they could not afford to pay for the surgery, hence the reason for our intervention“, she said.
She said the family had last year sponsored corrective surgery for cleft patients and others with various eye ailments.
Abubakar commended the medical doctors and other health personnel involved in the surgery as well as the state government, for collaborating to ensure the success of the exercise.
Also speaking, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Mohammed Makun-Sidi, commended the former Head of State for the humanitarian gesture.
He said the hospital and its staff would continue to partner with him and other well meaning Nigerians in providing health services to the people.
He assured that the hospital had been re-positioned to provide “excellent medical services at affordable rate”, adding “we are presently providing dialysis service to the public in order to curb the penchant for foreign trips for medical treatment”