9,025 were for cataract, and 25,000 for trachoma
Aliyu Jabo, the Programme Manager, Sokoto State Eye Care Programme, has revealed that over 34,025 persons suffering from various eye ailments have had successful surgeries.
Jabo disclosed this on Tuesday while giving an update on the programmes being funded by the state government and supported by Sight Savers International.
He said 9,025 of the successful surgeries were for cataract, 25,000 for trachoma and 80 for glaucoma, adding that the surgeries were done from July 2005 till date.
The manager further said that the major eye problem afflicting people in the 23 local government areas of the state was cataract.
Jabo said that no fewer than 350,000 people were screened for various eye ailments during the period under review.
“Apart from the operations conducted by the programme during the period under review, about 240,000 persons were also treated successfully,” he added.
On river blindness, Jabo said that from 1996 to date, over 350,000 patients were diagnosed and treated in Goronyo Local Government Area alone.
“The problem of river blindness is more prevalent in Goronyo because of the presence of the dam which makes the entire area water-prone. We had extended the river blindness treatment to additional eleven local government areas in 2010 and four more are to be brought on board this year,” he explained.
He listed the local government areas where there was no prevalence of river blindness to include Sokoto North, Sokoto South, Kware, Illela, Binji, Silame and Tangaza.
Jabo explained that the lack of access roads to some areas with difficult terrain was inhibiting the activities of the programme.
“Another problem is the scarcity of adequate potable water. People must drink safe and clean water, as well as ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene,” he said, urging the three tiers of government to intensify their efforts at providing adequate potable water for the people.