The Rotary Club of Lagos Island District 9110 has collaborated with Geeta Ashram to conduct free cataract eye surgery on Lagosians.

President of the club, Rotarian Kumar Gulati, speaking at the end of the Free Cataract Eye Surgery Camp in Lagos Island Hospital, Marina, at the weekend, noted that 294 patients of all ages were operated on, to restore their vision and bring light and joy to them.

Gulati, who stated that “This is the second successful camp of the Rotary Year 2018-19,” added that “in the first camp in Kano, 510 cataract operations were conducted, bringing the total to 804.”

Lamenting that in Nigeria, millions of people suffer from full or partial blindness due to cataract for a very long time, Gulati attributed the problem to the limited facilities and the prohibitive costs.

While commending the VISION 2020 Mission, the flagship social service programme of Rotary Club of Lagos Island and Geeta Ashram over the objective, he said that the club is also involved in other social service projects such as blood donation, health, and sanitation, education, among others.

Also at the occasion, Rotarian Manu Lalwani, Trustee Geeta Ashram and Chairman, VISION 2020 Mission, noted that rendering selfless service to the poor is service to God. He stated that Geeta Ashram began this program 20 years ago, and now, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Lagos Island, they are able to reach many more needy people.

Gulati expressed gratitude over the success of the free eye camp and affirmed the club’s commitment to serving the poor, disadvantaged and needy, also thanked Geeta Ashram for the initiative and the opportunity to associate with them.

He also hinted on plans of providing year-round free eye care, in association with the Indo Eye Care Foundation and Rotary Club of Palm Grove Estate at their Eye Hospital, which will start soon.

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