The TY Danjuma Foundation in conjunction with Care Vision Support Initiative, (CASI), a Non Governmental Organisation, yesterday conducted 29 free eye surgeries and 250 check-ups for less privileged persons in Mutum Biyu Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Team leader of the project, Dr. Tolu Afolaranmi told journalists in Mutum Biyu that 427 persons have so far registered and 29 surgeries successfully carried out while 250 persons benefited from the check-ups.
Afolaranmi explained that the five- day exercise which began on Monday was aimed at restoring the sights of many who could not afford medical services.
He noted that the TY Danjuma Foundation was funding the project 100 per cent while CASI was providing expertise for the exercise, adding that the five day exercise was targeting 1,000 beneficiaries across the State.
“We are targeting 1,000 persons within the period of the exercise and the turnout for the first two days indicates that we may even have more before the end of the programme on Friday,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Gima Forje, the Grants and Partnership Officer of TY Danjuma Foundation, said the foundation is committed to assisting the less privileged members of the public to live meaningful lives.
Forje commended CASI for the eye services it had been offering over the years of its partnership with the foundation.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Musa Obadiah lauded the foundation and the NGO for the gesture.
He thanked the community leaders for mobilizing the people to benefit from the exercise.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Danjuma Sati, who was operated upon on Monday and could see on Tuesday, said he could not describe how happy he was.
Sati prayed God to bless the chairman of the foundation, Gen Theophilus Danjuma and the entire team to making him to see again.