Benin City – Over 1,500 persons were beneficiaries of the Vision Project carried out by the International Association of Lions Club, District 404-A1 to commemorate the World Sight Day 2022.
The project, tagged: Your Eye, was jointly carried out by Regions 9 and 10 in the District, and was executed in partnership with the St. Theresa’s Eye Clinic, Benin City.
For three days, from October 13th to 15th, people from all walks of life converged on the New Benin Primary Health Centre in Benin City, Venue of the eye care project, and were screened of various Eye ailments, including cataract, glaucoma and several other visual impairments, while referrals were made and surgeries for cataracts were done,
On the whole, 32 persons benefited in the cataract surgeries while over 300 reading glasses were distributed.
Speaking to the Press, Lion Engr Ambrose Ohonba MIET and Lion Galvin Osaretin Osayande NLCF, Region 9 and 10 Chairpersons respectively lauded the huge turn out at the venue and said it was a testament of the fact that people are becoming more aware of the need to take proper care of their Sight and are willing to take advantage of the free annual exercises of the Lions Club to help resolve their vision issues.
Lion Ohonba, speaking via zoom from the United Kingdom, also praised the Lions for their commitments to the ideals of Lionism, one of which is, “where there is a need, there is a Lion.” He commended Lions in the two Regions for serving humanity with their substance.
On his part, Lion Galvin Osaretin Osayande stated that,
“The Sight Project is one of our 5 global causes, which include diabetes, hunger, environment and childhood cancer. 15 clubs in both Regions 9 and 10 came together to jointly carry out the vision Project, and we commend the years of resilience and dedication to this nobel deed by our dear Lions in the service of humanity. I implore all of us not to rest on our oars in helping the needy.”
Also speaking, Lion Patience Eferyanan NLCF and Lion Bala Anegbe NLCF, Chairpersons of Zone 9A and 9B respectively lauded the members of the Lions Club for their commitment of resources of money, time and diligent services in the Vision Project.
Earlier, Lion Dr. Bright Azeta, a Consultant Opthamologist with St. Theresa’s Hospital joined other Lions during the media Sensitization and Awareness campaign which was carried out in various media organisations by Lions to drum up public consciousness on the Danger Signals of Failing Vision and the Preventive Measures and Remedies to be followed with due diligence.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is a non-profit global organization that has, for over 100 years, been in the frontline of humanitarian services, serving 275million people and boasts of 1.4million members across 200 countries of the world who are dedicated to serving their communities.