Written by Seye Adeniyi
Over 3,000 people in Idi-Ayunre community in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, recently benefitted from the free eye test carried out by the International Association of Lions Club, District 404B Nigeria, while over 5,000 people from nearby communities also converged at Idi-Ayunre to participate in the eye screening and the distribution of eye glasses to people with sight problem in the community.
The beneficiaries have, however, tasked Community News to encourage other humanitarian organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to borrow a leaf from the kind gesture of the Lions Club International, stressing that other organisations should join hands with the government to bring succour to the people who are in need or are looking for solution to their health problems because government alone cannot shoulder the needs of the entire members of the public.
The two-day eye screening and surgery exercise took place at Idi-Ayunre community on the 13th and 14th October, 2011, and was organised by the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404B Nigeria in partnership with the management of the Oluyole Local Government Area, Oyo State.
In his speech, the District Governor, Lions Club International, District 404B Nigeria, Lion (Professor) Ayoade Adesokan, explained that the association decided to embark on the health to assist people with sight problem get solution to their problem, adding that it was observed that many people in the society, especially those with health problem, could not afford the increasing cost of medical treatment and as such, many of them have defect in their sight.
In his words, “there are many downtrodden in the society who could not afford the cost of simple medical treatment. In fact, many people in the society today are going blind because of poverty. Therefore, Lions Club decided to help them by embarking on this core project,” he stated.
Ayoade Adesokan also disclosed that such a free eye screening exercise had been carried out in states like Ekiti and Osun by the club, stressing that they were happy that the caretaker chairman of Oluyole Local Government Council, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye was quick to identify with the free eye screening and distribution of eye glasses exercise.
However, over 45 Nigerians with serious visual impairment also benefitted from the free cataract surgery co-sponsored by Lion Club International, District 404B Nigeria and Oluyole Local Government in a joint collaboration with the Opthalmological Society of Nigeria, (OSN), South-West zone.