Cataract Sufferers Hail Samsung for Sponsoring Free Eye Surgical procedures in Nigeria


Peter Uzoho

A complete of 115 cataract sufferers benefitted from the 2019 free eye surgical procedures sponsored by Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Restricted (SHIN) in collaboration with the Lagos State College Educating Hospital (LASUTH), and Imaginative and prescient Care, an arm of the World Well being Organisation (WHO) devoted to revive and enhance folks imaginative and prescient.

Chatting with journalists at a joint press convention organised to flag off the programme at LASUTH on 30th September 2019, the Chief Govt Officer of SHI-MCI and the consultant of Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN), Mr. Dongseong Suh, revealed that his firm has been working hand-in-hand with Imaginative and prescient Care since 2015. Mr Suh additional disclosed that the free eye surgical procedure was a part of SHIN’s Company Social Accountability (CSR) tasks in Nigeria, stressing that as one of many main multinational firms, the Korean shipbuilding big recognises its company philosophy of giving again to the society on a worldwide scale, together with in Africa.

He recognized different CSR tasks executed by SHIN in Nigeria to incorporate, the donation gadgets and clothes to Rhizha group in Jos, Plateau State; institution of a Welding Qualification Centre in Lagos; and the coaching of over 600 welders for free of charge.

Mr Suh added that these welders have constituted the core of internationally licensed workforce in onshore/offshore fabrication building which can allow Africa to retain worldwide tasks.

He stated that the cataract surgical procedure intervention was focused on the most weak individuals who couldn’t afford the price of the surgical procedure.

Citing a knowledge from WHO, the CEO of SHI-MCI, and the consultant of Samsung disclosed that cataracts account for 51 per cent of world’s blindness, including that this scary statistics had made the free cataract operation a worthwhile enterprise.

Additionally talking on the press convention, the Volunteer Staff Chief, Imaginative and prescient Care, Milyung Oh, stated that the organisation was obsessed with collaborating on missions that will restore instant imaginative and prescient to residents.

Two-year-old Victor was among the many 115 sufferers who benefitted from this 12 months’s free cataract eye surgical procedure.

“Daddy I can see balloon” was the primary assertion that got here out of Grasp Victor’s mouth after the medical doctors eliminated the bandage from his eyes.

Overwhelmed with pleasure, Victor’s father, Mr. Sunday Oshomore stated that since his son was recognized with cataract a 12 months in the past, it was troublesome for them to lift the large quantity wanted for the surgical procedure.

“He was a 12 months previous once we seen that he can’t see. After I heard about this free surgical procedure I made a decision to present it a trial and thank God as we speak, my son can now see. By now he’s purported to have began faculty however due to the cataract he can’t go, however I’m comfortable he can begin faculty now.”

Mrs. Iweroma Grace, 70, who got here all the best way from Delta State recalled how she was made to alter glasses continuously with out end result.

“I’m primarily based in Delta State, and again dwelling I’ve visited a number of hospital the place they advised me that the answer to my short-sightedness is to alter glasses. Solely God is aware of what number of glasses I’ve purchased but no adjustments till I got here right here and was advised that it’s cataract that requires surgical procedure,” she stated.

Mr. Dehinsilu Miniru, 63, who was additionally among the many beneficiaries, recalled how he has suffered as a result of lack of imaginative and prescient. “Earlier than the surgical procedure, I don’t use to see clearly, on common event, if motorcycle is coming I gained’t know till it will get near me. Generally, if one thing drops from my hand I gained’t see it. I exploit to beg folks to assist me load recharge card on my cellphone,” he stated.

“I heard about this free eyes surgical procedure by Samsung final 12 months however it was late. One in every of my kinfolk that work right here stated its annual occasion, so as a result of monetary challenges I’ve to attend for a 12 months to learn from this free eyes surgical procedure,” he added.

Appreciating the gesture, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Adetokunbo Fabanwo urged different public-spirited people and organisations to emulate SHIN by helping the less-privileged members of the society, saying “the state authorities is making an attempt however we can not do it alone. That’s the reason we welcome and admire partnership like this,” he added.