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How MAKKAH eye specialist hospital leads Nigeria’s fight against visual impairment

By Abubakar Zaharadden, kano.

As an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Albasar International Foundation has succeeded extensively in spreading its activities of eradicating vision impairment amongst people and established a branch in Bauchi State, besides other well-equipped branches they opened in Kano State.

Opening these eye centers in these two states has been a great blessing and achievement to the people in the Northern part of Nigeria, as thousands utter good words of attestation upon them and how well they’re been treated.

Albasar International Foundation, a non-profit healthcare institution has the most qualified eye doctors, modern and well-equipped machines for treating patients with visual impairment and other eye problems, supposedly at affordable prices based on the vision of the hospital.

This hospital, however, recommended three major services thus, free eye medical outreach and mobile service to the less privileged persons and the manner they use to address patients has been quite excellent.

The hospital also offers free eye services to students at different schools across the country.

The Vision of the organization as captured on its website among other things is “to provide therapeutic preventative and educational programs to manage blindness and visual impairment in developing countries on a regional and international scale through non-profit social services to help the less privileged”.

Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital, a well-determined healthcare institution is believed to be one of the topmost reliable eye centers where people comfortably go for medical treatment in Nigeria.

They specialize, however, in not only curing ailments to do with eyes but also preventing them from contracting deadly diseases capable of causing visual impairment at an affordable charge.

Albasar International Foundation has between the years 1994 to 2020 consulted 208,287 patients with eye problems and rendered operation to 14,563 successfully.

The hospital also conducted Free Mobile Eye Services to the residents in Bauchi and according to statistics, a total number of 68,340 people benefitted from the scheme, and 5,694 patients were operated on while 9,850 were given eyeglasses.

The hospital also conducted another Free Screening and Surgeries where over 45,000 people were attended by professional doctors in the hospital and a total number of 3,605 were given free surgery treatment and distributed eyeglasses to over 22,000 patients.

According to records, the hospital has between these years attended to 113,381 patients, operated nearly 10,000 people, and distributed eyeglasses to over 31,000 people in Bauchi alone.

In Kano, a megacity in Northern Nigeria, Albasar International Foundation also opened a branch where it renders different eye treatments to millions of people.

This hospital receives patients who suffer from different eye problems from different states in the North thus; Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Taraba among other states in the federation.

According to a survey, this hospital, MAKKAH Eye Specialist Hospital has attended to 1,033,086 patients with an eye problem and operated 86,665 between 1994 and 2020.

The hospital also in Kano, conducted Free Mobile Eye Services to the residents in and data says, total number of 79,728 people benefitted from the scheme and 6,348 patients were operated on while 15,900 were given eyeglasses.

The hospital also conducted another Free Screening and Surgeries where over 72,296 people were attended by professional doctors in the hospital and a total number of 8,085 were given free surgery treatment and distributed eyeglasses to over 34,500 patients.

It is on record that the hospital has between these years attended to 152,024 patients, operated nearly 14,433 people, and distributed eyeglasses to over 50,400 people all in Kano State alone.

The summary of Albasar International Foundation’s general medical performance between 1994 to 2021 consulted 1,341,373 patients and operated 97,129 others, while on their usual Free Mobile Eye Services, over 384,979 patients were consulted in the hospital and 66,720 others were given eyeglasses.

The hospital’s general Free Screening and Surgeries covered over 117,337 people were attended by professional doctors in the hospital and a total number of 11,690 were given free surgery treatment and distributed eyeglasses to over 56,600 patients.

It is on record that the hospital has between these years cumulatively attended to 502,316 patients, operated nearly 41,985 people, and distributed eyeglasses to over 133,320 people.

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