By Adelola Amihere
In a bid to curb the rising rate of partial blindness among aged persons , the Mohammed Ajia Ibrahim Foundation (MAI Foundation), has conducted free eye test, treatment and provision of free eye glasses for 1000 aged people in Kwara State.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two -day health outreach in Ilorin West and Ilorin South Local Government Areas of the state, the Founder of MAI foundation ,Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, said that most of the eye diseases could have been avoided if they were detected and treated early.
“The health outreach is specifically on free eye test, treatment and provision of free eye glasses for those who might need it but cannot afford it. The programme will be organized randomly in the 16 local government areas of Kwara,” he said
Ajai further noted he was bothered seeing aged people within the age of 50 and 60 becoming blind because of glaucoma, cataract and dust that are easily avoidable and can be treated with drugs if detected early.
“This propelled our foundation to take this upon ourselves to ensure that we stamped out blindness among our people.
“After necessary test, we will take care of the immediate treatment of patients that can be handled by the doctors on ground here and refer others that might need references to the appropriate hospital and the foundation shall take care of the bills,” he said.
MAI Foundation, a not -for profit organization was founded as part of Mr Mohammed Ajia Ibrahim’s efforts to assist people of his immediate community, state and the nation at large.