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Wamakko’s free eye medical outreach programme ends, treats 1, 833 patients

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto

The free eye medical outreach programme for patients with various eye related ailments sponsored by Senator Aliyu Magatarkada Wamakko(APC-Sokoto) ended Tuesday with a  total of 1,833 patients treated including an 80 year old man, Alhaji Muhammad Namadina‎.

The areas of treatment according to a statement yesterday by Wamakko’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani included refractive errors, with eye glasses, infections like conjunctivitis, as well as uveitis.
It said the programme covered over eighty per cent above the 1,000 persons earlier targeted, sequel to the influx of prospective beneficiaries.

The eight-day free services programme ‎was flagged off at the Palace of the District Head of Balle, Gudu Local Government, on August 1 and successfully rounded up at the Kofar Rini Clinic, in Sokoto North Local Government  Tuesday night.‎

‎Commenting on the exercise, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko said that, it was aimed at further alleviating the suffering of his constituents.

The lawmaker according to the statement spoke through his Director of Administration, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Abubakar saing that the number of beneficiaries was jerked up due to the massive turn out of the beneficiaries in all the eight local governments in the District.

However, Senator Wamakko, promised to sustain the gesture, to further alleviate the suffering of the people of the state.

Also, leader of the five-man medical team that conducted the outreach, Dr Ubani Chinemeze, expressed happiness with the orderliness of the beneficiaries as it lasted.

He also disclosed that over seventy per cent of the beneficiaries were suffering from various pathological problems like trachoma, glacoma, cornea ulcers and allergic conjunctivitis, among others.

“All the patients under this category had been treated and issued with drugs, while the remaining thirty per cent of the patients who had refractive errors like myopes, hyperopes and presoyoes, were also given drugs, as well as glasses.

“Several other patients who require surgeries were reffered to the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching and Specialist  Hospitals in Sokoto”, he said while calling for the recruitment of more eye Specialists in the country, to tame the increasing menace of eye ailments.

However, Namadina, 40-year old woman, Hajiya Asma’u Abubakar and 66-year old man, Alhaji Isa Abdullahi among the  beneficiaries commended Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko for the gesture and urged other wealthy individuals to emulate him

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