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Foundation targets 5 000 persons for free eye surgeries in Gombe
Mrs. Veronica Augustine, the Programme Officer, NTDs, FMOH training health workers ahead of the commencement of 2020 NTDs MAM implementation

Foundation targets 5, 000 persons for free eye surgeries in Gombe

Foundation targets 5, 000 persons for free eye surgeries in Gombe

Amen Healthcare and Empowerment Foundation (AHF) says it is targeting no fewer than 5, 000 persons for free eye surgeries in its 2020 programme.

Mrs. Rita Aizehi Aimiuwu Oguntoyinbo, President of the foundation, who made this disclosure on Monday in Gombe on the sideline of a 2020 Micro-Planning meeting for the commencement of NTDs Mass Administration of Medicines (MAM) in the state.

The meeting which featured training for some health workers from three Local Government Areas as well as the State’s health workers is funded by The END Fund.

Oguntoyinbo said over 1, 200 persons suffering from Trachoma Trichiasis (T T) had been given surgeries in efforts to ameliorate the suffering of poor persons who are vulnerable to so many health issues in communities, adding “my foundation has discovered that poverty and ill-health are siblings, this is why we go beyond this to also empower people to be self-reliant to cater for their needs.’’

According to her, for TT surgeries based on record, there are about 17, 000 persons who are at the verge of losing their sights because of the infection.

The AHF president said “we started doing surgeries, unfortunately, we have just done about 1, 200 when COVID-19 restrictions came in and now are going to start once we get approval from the government, we will start this year’s surgery.

“We believe that the eye care centres where we have been distributing free glasses can also continue and also for those doing cataracts surgeries will be attended to.

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Speaking on the commencement of 2020 Mass Administration of Medicine for Schistosomiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis which are endemic in Gombe State, Oguntoyinbo said the exercise would be conducted in strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.

According to her, the training of health workers ahead of the implementation of the 2020 NTDs MAM programme will go a long way in strengthening community health system in Gombe State.

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“The exercise will benefit communities across the 11 LGAs in Gombe State because we are going to be distributing medicines from house-to-house to prevent three major diseases endemic in the state.

“This programme will eventually eliminate these diseases and bring a few others under control such that they will seize to be of emergency or medical concern,’’ she assured.

Alhaji Danjuma Mohammed, Gombe State Coordinator, NTDs said for the previous year, 440 health workers and 4, 500 Community Directed Distributors (CDDs) benefitted from this same training while the projection for this year’s training is targeting 442 health workers and 4, 500 CDDs.

Mohammed added that in 2019, 2,362,000 persons benefitted from the programme across the state while expressing confidence that more persons will benefit from the programme this year.

Foundation targets 5, 000 persons for free eye surgeries in Gombe

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