Yobe Govt. conducts 1,430 successful eye surgeries

Mai-Mala Buni, Yobe State Governor and outgoing APC's Chairman, Caretaker Committee

Yobe Government said that  it carried out 1,430 successful  eye surgeries in 2020 in the state.

Dr. Babagana Machina,  the Executive Secretary of  Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Agency, said  this on Sunday in  Damaturu at an event  to mark the World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day (NTDs) .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day is usually marked on Jan.30 annually.

Machina said that  736 eyes were operated upon in the state Specialist Hospital , Damaturu; 30 at the General Hospital, Damagum and 272 at the Potiskum General Hospital.

He added that 250 others were conducted at the Gashua General Hospital and 142 others at the Geidam General Hospital.

According to him, NTDs  are endemic in Yobe  with varying prevalences across the 17 local government areas (LGAs).

He also noted that reports had shown that  Yobe was having the highest prevalence of trachoma in the country  which usually  causes blindness.

Machina, however,  said that the State Government in collaboration with  the various stakeholders and partners, was set to achieve the targets for the  control and  the elimination of the NTDS in an integrated manner.

He added that the  state government had also distributed Azithromycine medicine and Tetracycline eye ointment to 1.7 million out of the initial target of 2.3 million patients.

Machina  commended the Health Development Support Programme (HANDs) and  the other partners for assisting  the state through their various interventions .

He,  however, identified:  insecurity, inadequate funding, late arrivals of medicines and inadequate logistics as some  of the challenges  affecting  the exercise.

The executive secretary lauded the efforts and  the commitments of all the partners and stakeholders in the fight against  NTDs in state. (NAN)

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