Dr. Azmat Shah, regional medical director, Makkah Specialist Eye Hospital, Kano has said eye infections notably cataract and glaucoma, have been described as the major causes of partial or total blindness among Africans and other Asian nations.
Dr. Shah made this known in an interview with some selected journalist in his office in Kano recently. Noted that a number of eye ailments are never disclosed by victims on their onset until when the situation gets worse of which time, it has become somewhat impossible to merely treat, except through surgery.
He called on the general public to always report signs of eye disease or eye related affliction at its earliest stage to avoid complications that could lead to blindness at any eye specialist hospital.
Dr. Shah also observe that a lot of people within the African continent as research has shown, are not interested in conducting regular tests of their eyes to detect any of the ophthalmic problems, hence make their eye vulnerable to all forms of hazzardos elements which on the long run, may ruin their eye sight.
He therefore, urged the people within the urban and rural areas to ensure that their eyes are always in good form through regular checks by recognized eye specialist and not through unorthodox means, a situation which the expert says may complicate matters.
He said Makkah Specialist Hospital through the Al-basar International Foundation has made tremendous achievement over the years particularly in its humanitarian services to eye disease victim in which thousands with eye infections notably cataract and glaucoma, were either treated or operated free without any change between 1994 and 2017.
He said 63 free eye camps were conducted in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Borno states. Others include Oyo, Niger, Kebbi, Sokoto and Bauchi states, while 325,058 patients were screened and diagnosed. At the same time, 25,788 successful surgeries were done and 21,037 intra ocular lenses were implanted, while 56,520 needing glasses distributed all free.
Dr. Azmat also revealed that as an efficient eye hospital, makah specialist eye hospital has trained 12 number of resident ophthalmologist, one ophthalmologist as vitreo retina surgeon, ten community health extension workers in primary eye care and 100 (300-level) student of school of nursing and midwifery Kano each year.
He further explain that two specialist eye hospital were established in Kano and Bauchi state in 2004 and 2009 respectively, adding that Makkah specialist eye hospital is an affiliation of Aminu kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) for providing training, capacity building and local man power.