Having free health care program as one of its six point integral action plan, Osun State government has treated no fewer than 5,000 patients with different eye problems free of charge.
It was learnt that 6,000 patients with one eye problem or the other were screened and only five thousand patients were treated and diagnosed.
Information from government source revealed that 500 eye patients were surgically operated successfully for cataract disease.
Leadership gathered that the free medical mission was organized by the state government in collaboration with an International Health organization, Al-Bashar International Foundation, Saudi-Arabia and the treatment including free eye screening, free eye surgeries and distribution of free eye glasses to the patients among others.
Speaking during the flag off of the free medical mission, the State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, reiterated the commitment of his government to the healthy living of the people, just as he expressed his government’s determination to fight the rampant eye problems confronting the elderly people in the state.
The governor who stated that the present administration in the state was determined to eradicate eye problems among the elderly people in the state, pointed out that despite various medical missions on free eye treatment, people who are suffering from eye problem are still very much in the state.
While stressing the readiness of his administration to ensure quality health care delivery, Governor Aregbesola disclosed that the 72 new hospitals built by his government across the state would soon be commissioned.
He said all the hospitals in the state receive regular supply of drugs and other medical equipments, and assured that his government would not treat the health of the people with levity, noting that his government has employed medical personnel including doctors, nurses and Pharmacists to strengthen man power in all hospitals in the state, adding that his administration would continue to strengthen the health sector.
Explaining the importance of eyes to the human body, he said that eyes are among the smallest parts of the body, but without it, life could be meaningless.
The governor noted that the medical mission was just another demonstration of his administration’s commitment to continued provision of good health for the people of the state.
He continued: “We are also adopting complementary strategies to ensure the high standard of health for our people and this is in the area of environmental sanitation that we have been encouraging. We know that no amount of money committed to the good healthcare delivery could be worthwhile, if the dirt on our environment is left unattended to.”That is the reason for our efforts on de-flooding of flood-prone areas within the state.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, the state commissioner for health, Dr. (Mrs.) Temitope Ilori noted that the medical mission that have been carried out by the state government since inception of the present administration have been helpful to the citizens of the state.
She said the team comprising both local and international medical personnel has resolved to ensure that no fewer than 7,000 people receive eye treatment before next year.
Some of the patients who spoke with Leadership after the surgical operation were full of praise to Almighty God and the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the kind gesture.
Mrs Raliat Adunni (nee Esan), a 76-year-old woman, from Ile-Ife who was one of the patients that underwent eye surgical operation, said, “I have been under the roof inside my house without seeing anything again, even to eat has become serious problem because I am a food vendor in the school and I could not work again due to my eye ailment but two weeks ago when I heard on the radio that the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has organized free health care surgery for anybody with eye problem.We came for registration on Saturday and they did the operation for us in January 1st and they removed the plaster in our eyes the following day and they told us to wait for few days so that they watch our eyes medically and they also provided drugs for us free of charge. I thank the state government for making me to see again.”
Another patient of free eye medical treatment of the State government, Mrs Comfort Amusan, 72, from Ipetumodu, Ife North Local government area of the state, who was full of praising song, thanked the state government for coming to their aid, praying for the success of his government.
She said that the present administration in the state has done beyond expectation of the people, saying that her eyes were not seeing for the past three years ago but now, with the assistance of the State government's free medical treatment, she could see again.