The Hafsat Eye Hospital, jointly operated by Kebbi State Government and the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation of India, has treated 24,000 patients with eye defects between 2004 and 2013.
The Programme Manager of the foundation, Dr. Sath Yanarayana, said on Monday that India provided eye specialists while facilities were provided by the state government.
He said the consultation, treatment, medication and eye surgeries were conducted free for patients, stressing that in-patients were offered N400 stipends while awaiting eye surgery.
Yanarayana said provision of additional facilities were required, considering the influx of patients from other states and neighboring countries.
He called on corporate bodies, organizations and wealthy individuals to support the hospital, adding that ” the foundation would sustain the services, considering its benefits to the needy”.
He said the foundation and the First City Monument Merchant Bank had begun free eye screening and treatment for rural dwellers.
He said the joint efforts had been taking place annually and 600 patients were expected to benefit.
An official of the hospital, Lawal Yusuf, said its expansion and provision of modern facilities would improve services provided to the public.