Re: LASUTH Performs Free Cataract Surgeries for Ojokoro Residents by lasuforum at 11:32pm On Mar 07
Residents of the Ojokoro community in the Ifako/Ijaiye area of Lagos State have benefitted from the free cataract surgeries performed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in collaboration with a group known as Friends of LASUTH.
This is part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative aimed at giving back to society and an offshoot of a free medical outreach the hospital held earlier in the year.
Over 500 beneficiaries were screened during the outreach, and 48 people were diagnosed with cataracts and scheduled for free operations at LASUTH.
The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo, noted that the tertiary health facility was set up to offer advanced medical care, and over the years, the government of Lagos State has invested a lot of funds in LASUTH to achieve this vision.
The CMD further stated that the objective behind organizing the free cataract surgery programme was the need to give back to society, explaining 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 was to complete the medical process the hospital started in February.
She said cataract is one of the causes of blindness if left untreated, stressing that regular eye screening is one of the ways to curb the disease.
The medical practitioner also noted that the beneficiaries expressed their excitement at being chosen for the surgery, which is at no cost.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Akanji Adetunji, thanked the state government and the hospital for the gesture, saying “the focus on healthcare in the state has improved and I am fortunate to be a beneficiary.”
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