A new GBP50,000 ophthalmic unit was officially opened at Kaduna on Wednesday (23 February) by the North Central State's Military Governor, Colonel Abba Kyari.
A new GBP50,000 ophthalmic unit was officially opened at Kaduna on Wednesday (23 February) by the North Central State's Military Governor, Colonel Abba Kyari. The unit is a joint venture between the Nigerian Northern States' governments and the Guinnese Company...which was represented at the ceremony by Mr. F. P. Clift, Overseas Managing-Director, who had flown from London to be present. In a speech of welcome the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Dr. I.S. Audu, had reminded guests of the urgency of catering properly for eye diseases in Nigeria, where an estimated 500,000 suffer varying degrees of blindness. Since 1968 the area has been served by an ophthalmic workshop, where eyesight can be tested and correct spectacles made at low cost within a week. The new unit will provide much needed facilities for research into, and treatment of, a wide range of eye diseases.
SYNOPSIS: At Kaduna in Northern Nigeria a new ophthalmic unit was opened at an official ceremony last Wednesday.
The Military Governor of the North Central State, Colonel Abba Kyari, was greeted by staff members of the unit.
Overseas Managing-Director of the Guinness company, Mr. F.P. Clift, had flown from London to attend the ceremony. The Guinness company jointly sponsored the ophthalmic unit with the Nigerian Northern States' governments. In addressing officials and guests, Mr. Clift paid particular tribute to Professor Bhar whose efforts had helped realise the project.
Colonel Kyari spoke next, and traced progress made during recent years in the treatment of eye diseases. He estimated half a million patients had been treated at the General Hospital's eye clinic.
An official ribbon was later cut by the Colonel as he declared the new ophthalmic unit open, and invited guests to inspect the premises.
The unit was built at a cost of GBP50,000 and will concentrate on research into, and treatment of, a wide range of eye diseases.
Officials and guests at the Kaduna ceremony had an opportunity to chat over refreshments (PAUSE 5 SECONDS) Earlier in a welcoming speech, the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bellow University...Dr. I.S. Audu...had reminded those attending of the urgency needed in treating eye diseases. He estimated there were 500,000 Nigerians suffering varying degrees of blindness, and said the unit would supplement a very efficient eye workshop which had tested eyesight and dispensed spectacles since 1968.