Abuja, Dec. 7, 2017 (TNE) The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday entered into partnership with a United Arab Emirate (UAE)-based Non-Governmental Organisation — Noor Dubai Foundation — for the provision of free treatment and prevention of visual impairment in Nigeria.
In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, her Director of Information, Mr Suleiman Haruna, said the partnership, which is under the Aisha Buhari Foundation, “is part of the president’s wife’s desire to ensure access to visual healthcare to the less privileged in Nigeria.”
He added that the Aisha Buhari Foundation secured the partnership for a four-year eye treatment and prevention programme in Nigeria.
He said the agreement was signed by Mrs Buhari on behalf of the foundation, while Humaid Al Qutami, representing Noor Dubai Foundation in Dubai, signed for the NGO.
The director stated that Aisha Buhari is happy over the partnership, saying it will directly impact on Federal Government’s strategy on treating visual impairment among Nigerians.
Haruna quoted Qutami as saying that the foundation has so far treated 25 million people around the world through its medical outreach since its inception in 2008.
He said the foundation recently performed medical outreaches in Kaduna, where 5,000 patients were screened and 1,200 given eye glasses, while 470 patients were operated upon.