By Uzoh Ugwueze – Enugu
No fewer than 2000 indigenes of five rural communities in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State have received free eye care, facilitated by a non-governmental organisation, the Kings Care Empowerment Foundation.
The exercise was conducted in five communities in Akegbe-Ugwu, with the people receiving free eye glass and drugs.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation, Mr. Ugochukwu Agu, told Orient Daily that the major objective of the group “is to sort out the issue of sight”, which had become prevalent.
“The president of the foundation is a medical personnel based in the US. We have a lot of organisations over there who are willing to help the African people so, this point in time, he decided to bring help home.
“In this exercise, we started with 3000 eyeglasses, and it was a five-day event, we have covered the whole of Akegbe-Ugwu, the five communities; each community had a day each; and today, we rounded off with the last community.
“We have a broad plan; after this exercise, we are going to extend it to Awkunanaw, then from Awkunanaw, we are going to do it by senatorial zones; the three senatorial zones in Enugu State.
“The Foundation is in partnership with a US organisation, Save Sight. We have a collaboration with them; they gave us these eye-glasses, free of charge, our own part is to deliver the eye glasses, free of charge as well.
“We want this to be a quarterly event; we are expecting that with what we have done in this maiden exercise, at least the sight of 2000 people would have greatly improved.”
He said complicated cases would be referred to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.
On the foundation’s plan for the future, Agu said it would engage in talent hunt. “We will do talent hunt; the President has affiliation with four universities in the US; these universities want African children who can do sports and go to school. So, very soon, we will be scouting for talents; when we identify them, we take them to US, they will go to school and play sports for the university. Then, we have empowerment for women, especially widows, and then school children in the area of educational materials.”