The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in collaboration with ‘Friends of LASUTH’, has provided free cataract surgery to residents of the Ojokoro community in the Ojokoro Local Government Development Area.
According to a press statement issued by LASUTH and made available to PUNCH HealthWise, the free cataract surgery was an offshoot of a free medical outreach the hospital held earlier in the year. During the outreach, over 500 beneficiaries were screened and 48 people were diagnosed with cataracts. Subsequently, they were scheduled for free cataract surgery at LASUTH.
The free surgery, the statement said, is aimed at improving the quality of life of Ojokoro residents.
The Chief Medical Director, Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, during his welcome address during the free cataract surgery programme noted that LASUTH was established to offer advanced medical care, adding that over the years, the Lagos State government had invested a lot of funds in LASUTH, to achieve this vision.
He said the financial investment became more exponential in the last four years of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, noting that the governor has shown exceptional interest in the growth and development of the hospital.
The CMD further stated that the free cataract surgery programme was organised to give back to society, adding that the hospital management deliberately chose eye disorders among other conditions because cataract is one of the main causes of blindness.
The Head of the Ophthalmology Department at LASUTH, Dr. Rosemary Ngwu said the essence of the surgery is to complete the medical process the hospital started in February.
She said cataract is one of the causes of blindness if left untreated. She stressed that regular eye screening is one of the ways to curb the disease.
She also noted that the beneficiaries expressed their excitement at being chosen for the surgery which is at no cost.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Akanji Adetunji appreciated the efforts of the Lagos State Government and the Management of LASUTH.
He said, “the focus on healthcare in the state has improved and I am fortunate to be a beneficiary.”
He implored the government and LASUTH management not to rest on its oars as more people all over the metropolis still need access to better healthcare.