Pupil Benefits From Free Cataract Surgery in Benin

On 15/Apr/2019 / In Articles

Succour has come the way of Genesis Esekose, a Primary 4 pupil of God’s Own International School, Ughelli, Delta State, as cataract has been surgically removed from his eyes during a free eye screening sponsored by Seplat Producing Company.
 
The 11-year-old Genesis, who came with his parents to the Benin Palace, venue of the screening, could not see properly before the surgery was performed on him.
 
He said because of the cataract, he could not see the chalkboard well from his sitting position and it resulted in his repeating some classes twice as his performance dropped.
 
Genesis stated, “My parents have taken me to several hospitals; they said I had cataract. I started school early enough, but I could not make good progress because I was not seeing the board well enough.
 
“Whenever I looked at the board, the writings appeared upside down. That affected my academic performance from time to time. I was not always happy in class because I couldn’t see the board.
 
“I have had to repeat the same class twice, all because I couldn’t see the board. Many times, my teachers would flog me, thinking that I was just dull. But the real reason was because I couldn’tsee what was written on the board.”
 
The 41-year-old trader and mother of Genesis, Grace, told Southern City News how she got to know about the free eye screening.
 
She said, “A concerned neighbour told us. Genesis is the third of my five children. He is 11 years old and in Primary 4. We are from Ughwerun, but live in Ughelli, Delta State.
 
“When I got to the woman, she told me that she would link me up with one of her sisters, a nurse, to link me with an eye screening programme where they could treat his eyes for him. She said that the boy was very handsome and should not be allowed to go blind.
 
“When we met with the nurse and after checking Genesis’ eyes, she referred us to Warri, where they operated on one of the eyes last Tuesday. They also instructed me to bring him to Benin for the operation on the second eye.
 
On his part, Genesis’ father, Joseph, said he had taken him to several hospitals for treatment, but could not afford to pay the exorbitant fees charged.
 
The Operations Director, Seplat Producing Company, Efiong Okon, said the exercise was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
 
“Over 5,000 persons were treated for different eye problems, including cataract operation. Free eye glasses and medications were also distributed.”
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