By IBE NWACHUKWU
Consultant ophthalmologists from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria may have concluded arrangements to converge in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra state to brainstorm on a topic: “In Nigeria, man should not live by bread alone.”
The meeting of the eye specialists scheduled to take place next week Friday, according to the organizers, may not be unconnected with their 18th annual faculty lecture, faculty endowment, award-giving ceremony quiz competition for younger eye specialists.
A professor of Ophthalmology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK), Dr. Sebastian Nwosu (FMCOph) who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday at Guinness Eye Hospital, Onitsha said he would be the faculty lecturer, adding that some individuals and corporate organizations who had offered material and financial contributions towards eye care services would be rewarded with awards at the lecture.
Nwosu who was a one-time chairman of faculty of Ophthalmology, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and President of Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, identified Emeritus Professor ObioraMbonu, Past President of West African College of surgeons and former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi as chairman of the lecture.
Flanked by Prof. Law Onyekwe, Dr.CyriacusAkudinobi, Dr.NkiruEgonu and other ophthalmologists attached to the Guinness Eye Hospital, Onitsha, a department of NAUTH, Nnewi, Nwosu also identified Dr. A. O. Onakoya, FMCOph; Dr. D. S. AdemolaPopoola, FMCOph and Dr. N. E. Okpala, FMCOph as faculty chairman, faculty secretary and chairman, local organizing committee respectively.
He mentioned Guinness Nigeria Plc., Pfizer Nigeria Plc., Rotary Club of Onitsha, Chief Daniel Chukwudozie of Dozzy Group of Companies, Pharmacist Pat UchennaApakama of the Pax Pharmacy and Sundries, among others as those to be honoured for their generous contributions towards free treatment of eye patients at both urban and rural areas in the State, adding that Osuntokun quiz competition for the younger eye specialists (Resident Doctors) would also form part of the annual lecture series.
He, therefore, called on more individuals and corporate organizations to contribute totheir endowment funds for the treatment of the poor in the society, adding, “we need people to come to us, take us to the rural areas, procure drugs and organize free eye treatments for those in the rural areas who cannot afford to pay for themselves.”