By. Zubairu Lawal
As part of its efforts to help the poor sick people in Nigeria, a non-governmental organization, Doctors on the Move Africa, (DOTMA) and associates have donated the sum of 560,000 to the family of 5 in Miango, Plateau State for cataract surgery.
Our correspondent reports that during the free medical treatment carried out by the group in the area over 4000 patients with different diseases were diagnosed.
The family of Mr. Chinge Gulu from Miango in Bassa local government area of Plateau State had been with cataract eye disease and effort to have them operated prove abortive due to lack of money to undergo surgery until DOTMA team arrived the area for a free medical outreach organized by Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH in Miango.
According to Mr Chinge, his 4 children lived with the eye condition from birth while he got his as a child and effort to get well was no avail and expressed his gratitude to Doctors on the Move Africa and Jos University Teaching Hospital for coming to their aid while he prayed God to reward them as him and the first child regained their eyesight.
Mr Chinge and first child nineteen were operated at the Primary Health Care Kwasha community of Miango, Bassa local government area of Plateau State where the outreach took place and the remaining children are to undergo their operations in JUTH.
Handing over the money, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Doctors on the Move Africa, DOTMA, Dr. Joseph Haruna Kigbu said the gesture was to help the poor in the society who cannot afford the medical bills to enjoy the services of good health care.
In an interview, Dr. Panshak Elisha, an Ophthalmologist who performed the surgery said the clouding of the eyes natural lens is common to people of over 40 years and is the major principal cause of blindness in the world but described the Mr Chinges family case as a familial one which according to him was the fourth case he is handling in his medical field.
The Ophthalmologist advised people to go for eye checkup regularly for early detection and prompt intervention as the case maybe.
Meanwhile, about 200 eye patients with cataracts were successfully operated during the 3 days free medical outreach in Kwasha community of Miango.