It’s always wonderful to start off a project and have a successful finish, this is the case with our first quarter Health outreach project of 2017 which we began in February and rounded off in April. We took on the eye condition CATARACT. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. It is the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to research carried out by Prevent Blindness America (PBA).
At Kpakpando Foundation we aim to cater to persons with disabilities, regardless of age, ethnicity and disability.
In order to achieve our goal we partnered with the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges Foundation (NTIC). We traveled with personnel of NTIC foundation to Owerri in Imo state and had a massive screening of over 400 persons. These persons passed through different forms of eye tests to identify what was truly wrong with their vision and if they indeed had cataract. Such tests include:
- Visual acuity test.This eye chart test measures how well one can see at various distances.
- Dilated eye exam.Drops are placed in the eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. The NTIC professionals used a special magnifying lens to examine the retina and optic nerve of the persons, for signs of damage and other eye problems.
- An instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing eye drops may be applied to the eye for this test.
On completion of the tests, 19 persons were shortlisted and recommended for cataract surgery by the eye specialists from NTIC foundation. In March of 2017, he first batch of beneficiaries for cataract surgery by Kpakpando Foundation arrived in Abuja from Owerri and went through another set of screening. The medical procedure began and all 7 beneficiaries came out successful. The final Batch of beneficiaries got to Abuja in April of 2017 and went through the same sets of eye screening and surgery. The Medical procedure was a resounding success and we are grateful to God and our friends from NTIC Foundation.
Below is a list of the beneficiaries of the medical procedure organized by Kpakpando Foundation to combat Cataract.
FIRST BATCH 29TH – 31TH MARCH 2017:
SECOND BATCH, 12TH APRIL 2017
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