The University College Hospital Ibadan will conduct give free cataract surgeries to 500 indigent patients in Ibadan in November 2016.
Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, disclosed this on Thursday the 27th of October 2016 at a public lecture organized by the Department of Ophthamology of the hospital in Ibadan.
The lecture was organized to honour Prof. Olabopo Osuntokun, a top rate Ophthalmologist who served the institution meritoriously, on her 80th anniversary .
Alonge added that the free surgeries will be done in all the optometrist clinics across Oyo State, adding that the department will soon take delivery of more surgical equipment to enable the institution to embark on the programme.
Alonge pointed out that Cataracts is the leading cause of avoidable blindness, while the surgery to correct it is the commonest major surgical procedure worldwide.
The Chief Medical Director, while extolling the virtues of Prof. Osuntokun, said the standards she set in the department is part of what has continued to make the UCH a top class medical facility, in spite of the many challenges the hospital has faced in recent times.
In Alonge’s words: “The Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital Ibadan, has continued to provide high-quality eye care to a large population, not only in the South-West but Nigeria in general.”
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Gbemisola Oke, described Prof. Osuntokun as an “unassuming, intelligent and humble’’ person.
Olayinka said that the ranking of the university as among the best in the world was because of the contributions of the likes of Prof. Olabopo Osuntokun who have worked diligently to make it grow.
The VC opined that people should not wait until the passing away of distinguished personalities before celebrating them.
The birthday lecture which was entitled: Lighten This Darkness. It was delivered by Dr. Toyin Fafowora, a consultant at the UCH.
According to Fafowora, “there was no development in the western world that will not come to Nigeria in due season.”
“As Nigeria advances technologically, I have no doubt that we will, in time, make our own contributions to eye health technology in terms of intentions and patents.”
She said that the careful consideration of the eye care needs of people by people like Prof. Osuntokun had lightened the darkness of many people.
Other dignitaries at the occasion included Prof. Bolanle Awe, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Prof. Oladejo Akinkungbe, Prof. Oyinade Olurin among others.