A non-governmental organisation, NGO, the Calabar Canaan City Lions Club has donated an ultra-modern eye theatre, the first of its kind, to the Cross River State government.
The eye centre, will upscale the capacity of the state to manage eye cases and also enable the state handle a minimum of 25 eye surgeries daily.
The intervention by the NGO is in partnership with the State government through the General Hospital Calabar and the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation.
President of the Calabar Canaan City Lions Club, Lion Nnemeka Victor Ohaeri, disclosed in Calabar after the conclusion of the first eye surgery at the theatre, located inside the General Hospital,
He said the intervention is part of the plans of the club, to the assist the less privileged in the society, particularly eye patients.
According to him: “We were approached by the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation some years back on the challenges they were facing taking care of people who have eye issues and we decided to take up the challenge of constructing an eye theatre.
“In 2019, we completed that project and handed it over to the state government through the General Hospital. It will be managed by the Tulshi Chanrai Foundation.
“Helping the less privileged with eye issues is a core focus of the Club.
“We are advising members of the public with eye issues to make use of the facility, it has the highest levels of professionals in the eye surgery and they can perform up to 25 surgeries a day.
“We are also partnering with the Foundation to take the services to the rural areas to accommodate those who cannot come to the city, so we are well empowered to help the needy.”
Pioneer president of the Club, Chief Ntufam Idim Ikpeme, said that “the intervention tallies with the core objectives of the club established 40 years ago.”
Program Manager for Tulshi Chanrai, Richard Sylvester, said, “we have been here since 2004, when we entered a partnership with the state government under Donald Duke as governor, and we have performed 48,000 eye surgeries since then.
“The Lions have helped us construct this eye centre. Hitherto we were sharing a centre with others at the general theatre. Now with this centre, we can do 25 surgeries daily for three days in the week.”