Sen. AbdulAziz Yari
Senator Abdul’aziz Yari (APC-Zamfara) launched a program on Saturday to provide free eye treatment and surgeries for 1,000 patients in Zamfara West Senatorial District.
The initiative, carried out by the Visions Savers Eye Care Center, was inaugurated at the General Hospital, Talata-Mafara.
Yari, who represents Zamfara West in the Senate, highlighted that this health intervention aimed to address the needs of the community.
The event was represented by Lawal Liman, the former state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on behalf of Senator Yari.
He said that the intervention was aimed at supporting vulnerable persons with eye challenges but could not afford to pay for medical services.
“This is a pilot programme where 1000 patients will benefit.
“More beneficiaries will be selected in Anka, Bakura, Bukkuyum, Gummi, Maradun and Talata-Mafara LGAs in the subsequent phases of the intervention.
“The beneficiaries will be made up of the aged, vulnerable persons, women, and children.
“Each beneficiary will have access to eye treatment, surgery, and drugs during the exercise,” he added.
In his remarks, the Emir of Talata-Mafara, Bello Muhammad-Barmo, described the intervention as a welcome development.
Muhammad-Barmo, who was represented by the Galadima of Mafara Emirate, Abubakar Malami, described the gesture as a good social protection intervention for vulnerable groups.
He urged other political officeholders, well-meaning individuals, and organisations to emulate Yari’s gesture and reach out to the helpless poor.
The head of the medical team, Dr Kamal Umar, said that 20 medical personnel have been deployed for the exercise.
“We are going to engage health personnel in all the hospitals designed as treatment centres for this exercise across Zamfara West.
“Surgeries will be carried out for blind patients and those with trachoma, glaucoma, allergic and conjunctivitis.
“We will also provide long and short-sight glasses for the patients and refer any complicated health cases recorded from this exercise to various tertiary health institutions,” Umar added.
Also, the zonal coordinator, APC Zamfara West, Sha’ayau Sarkinfawa, commended the lawmaker for the gesture, which he said was in line with the party manifesto towards supporting the poor.
He appealed to the medical team to be patient and understanding with the patients who are eager to get treatment.
Some of the beneficiaries, Musa Sani and Aisha Shehu, commended the lawmaker for the gesture which they said would remain memorable in their lives.