[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar ]
Non-governmental organisation, the Calabar Canaan City Lions Club has donated an ultra-modern eye theatre to the Cross River state government.
The eye centre which is the first of its kind in the state will upscale the state’s capacity to manage eye cases and also enable the state handle a minimum of 25 eye surgeries on a daily basis.
The eye theatre is an intervention by Calabar Canaan City Lions Club is in partnership with the Cross River State government through the General Hospital Calabar and the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation.
Lion Nnemeka Victor Ohaeri, the President of the Calabar Canaan City Lions Club disclosed this in Calabar after the conclusion of the first eye surgery at the Eye theatre which is located within the premises of the General Hospital, Calabar.
He said the intervention is part of the aims of the lion’s club which is aimed at coming to the aid of the less privileged members of the society particularly eye patients.
“Part of the aims of the lions club is that we come to the aid of the less privileged people who have eye challenges.
“We were approached by the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation some years back on the challenges they have with taking care of people who have eye issues and we decided to take up the challenge of constructing an eye theatre/
“In 2019 we successfully completed that project and we handed it over to the state government through the General Hospital and it will be managed by the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation, so for us helping the less privileged that have eye issues is a core focus of the Club.
“We are advising the general public particularly those who have eye issues that they can come and make use of the facility, they have the highest levels of professionals in the area of eye surgery and from what they have told us, they can do up to 25 surgeries a day and its exciting this kind of thing is happening here.
“We are also partnering with the Foundation to take the services to the rural areas to accommodate those who cannot come to the city, so we are well empowered to help the needy”, he said.
Also speaking, the pioneer president of the Calabar Canaan City Lions Club, Chief Ntufam Engr. Idim Ikpeme, said the intervention tallies with one of the core objectives of the club which was established 40 years ago.
“The Calabar Canaan City Lions Club was established 40 years ago and ever since then we have been carrying out activities. This is one of the attest activities we are doing and the first operation has been done here”, he said.
Also speaking, Richard Sylvester, Tulshi Chanrai Program Manager said the program commenced in the state in 2004 and thus far they have undertaken 48, 000 surgeries in the state.
“We have been here almost every day since 2004, we entered a partnership with the state government when Donald Duke was the governor and we commenced our eye surgeries and as at today 48, 000 eye surgeries.
“Today we are here with the lions because they have helped us to construct and donate this eye centre. Before now, we were having some constraints and sharing a centre with other people at the general theatre, now with the help of lion’s club, Canaan city, we are on our own and this centre is only dedicated for eye surgeries.
“With this centre, we can do 25 surgeries daily for three days in the week other days we do screening but with the Covid now we are limiting numbers because we have standard protocols, we cannot bring more people and health is important”, Sylvester said.