Within three days last week, no fewer than 200 residents with eye defects, especially cataract and glaucoma, benefitted from the humanitarian gesture of the Rotary Club of Agege (District 9110, Nigeria), under its project for the Rotary Year, ‘Peace through Service.’
Tagged, ‘Save a sight,’ the three-day project which kicked off last Thursday at the Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, attracted about 85 beneficiaries that day. For the three days, officials of Eye Foundation, another non-governmental organisation, who partnered with the club on the project, were on hand with a mobile clinic, to conduct tests and surgeries on the beneficiaries.
The host – President of the club – Rotarian Linus Adaba, received the beneficiaries, some of who came from as far as Ogun State. He got a helping hand from Dr. Dele Balogun, incoming Governor of the District; Dr Fatai Oluyadi, who gave an opening lecture, and Rotarian Wumi Oyewole, who is charge of Rotary Foundation for the club.
Adaba explained the exercise on its opening: “As a charity organisation of note, we have been expending our resources on assisting the less-privileged in the society in actualisation of the current aspirations of the Rotary International, our parent body, which include concerted onslaught against illiteracy, infant mortality, women’s deprivations, various indices of poverty and above all, commitment to our peace project, part of which is what we are doing today.
“The eye projects include screening, treatment of glaucoma and cataract cases. We shall give out 200 eye glasses to patients in Agege area and its environs for free and no fewer than 30 will benefit from eye surgery apart from the corrective tests. All these we are doing in appreciation of the fact that the government cannot do it alone and sadly, we are in a society where many cannot afford the cost of these medical services however meagre. We will wind it up by 5pm each day and it will end on Saturday.
Balogun who corroborated Adaba added: “Somebody who can’t see cannot be at peace with himself, his family and generally, with his community and the larger society; this is why the project is dear to our hearts in Rotary Club.
While he urged other bodies to partner with the club to lift the needy, he lauded the government on its efforts so far, but added: “Government can still do more because of the enormity of the problem at hand.”
Besides the corrective aspect of the project, Oyewole added that prevention of diseases is also among the key concerns of the club in its current efforts.
Mrs Olabisi Adewole and Pa James Adebayo were among the beneficiaries. They were united in prayers for the club over the gesture which they urged the government to emulate and extend to more Nigerians.
On Saturday, during the round-off of the exercise, words of appreciation flowed for Adaba and his colleagues, who promised that the club would remain committed to the welfare of the needy.
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