A non-government organisation from India has conducted free surgeries on more than 9000 patients suffering from eye ailment in Nigeria, where over one million people are blind.

Indo Eye Care Foundation (IECF) in cooperation with Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari and Rotary Club of Lagos led the initiative in three states of the West African country, where according to the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, over one million are blind.

“In Nigeria, facilities for treatment are very scarce as compared with the population,” Secretary of Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari, Viral K Purohit, who is also an eye specialist, said.

While presenting some of the beneficiaries to the King of Lagos, His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Akiolu, Purohit said, “A great number of less privileged people who find it impossible to take care of their eye ailment due to monetary problems were benefited by the initiative.”

Following the success of the NGO, the government of Lagos has granted a land for permanent eye care project, he said.

“This permanent eye-care hospital will cost of over $1.3 million, which will be donated by the Indian community in Nigeria and many other corporate organisations,” Mr. Purohit said, adding that the hospital would be fully operational by 2011.

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