No fewer than 3,000 persons have been hit by cataracts and terygium eye diseases in three Isoko-south communities in Delta state.
The victims, it was gathered, are completely blind and have been treated at different hospitals over the years to no avail.
Investigation reveal that many of the victims are septuagenarian mothers and fathers who currently are being assisted by their grandchildren to walk round their houses including going to toilets
But a group, Restore Sight Africa Initiative, led by Dr. Ernest Ogbedo, who spoke to our reporter said the age of the victims do not matter, or a barrier to blindness, adding early detection of the diseases, gives room for treatment in time.
A victim, Philip Umuokoro, 97 years-old-told our reporter that he suffered the disease for eight years before he got his sight through Restore Sight Africa Initiative, adding “Many people in our various Isoko-south communities can’t see at present, it’s painful because of the diseases, I appeal to the state Government to collaborate with the group willing to help”.
According to Dr. Ogbedo, O5 initiative by Dame Edith Okowa, wife of the state Governor, grassroots team was passionate about reducing the burden of blindness in the state, retreating the group’s belief that a Journey of restoring a thousand sights had begun with a step into the ravaged communities
He said “since we started, we have carried out a total of 87 surgeries for cataracts and terygium, they were successful, and we gave out 569 glasses for reading, and 187 drugs to others with serious injuries inside their eyes “
Investigation revealed that 16 persons last month died of cataracts and terygium diseases in Oleh and Ozoro communities after a long battle with the diseases.
Those in the know said the diseases might be worse than cancer as the 3,000 patients suffering it have continued to call on the state government come to their aid