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Leading money deposit bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB)’s has commenced its yearly sponsorship of free eye screening and cataract surgery programme known as, Priceless Gift of Sight, has commenced in Kebbi, Cross Rivers and Imo states.
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, according to the bank involves eye screening tests, full ophthalmic medical examination, eye surgeries, provision of free medication, eye glasses and counselling for those suffering from cataract, an eye defect that could lead to blindness if not promptly treated.
Coming in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF), a Nigerian-Indian non-profit organization, 2017 will mark the eight straight years the bank is organising this intervention programme.
Already, thousands of people across Nigeria have so far benefited from the exercise since it commenced in 2009. This year, the Bank sponsored 500 eye surgeries in Kebbi, Cross Rivers and Imo states, while thousand others underwent the screening for cataract during the programme.
Statistics gathered from the bank showed that in 2016, a total number of 2,328 people were screened in Cross Rivers, Katsina and Kebbi states with 400 eye surgeries successfully performed. The bank has previously carried out the programme in Adamawa, Imo, and Ogun states.
In a remark, FCMb’s Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Diran Olojo, said, “The importance of sight to the well-being of an individual and the nation cannot be over-emphasised. We are proud to sustain the sponsorship of this initiative with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation because it has continued to positively touch and transform the lives of thousands of people, homes, businesses and indeed, the society”.
A beneficiary, a 78 year old Jonathan Nwosu of Umuaro autonomous community, Nkwere Local Government of Imo State described the initiative as a service to humanity.
Also another beneficiary of the eye surgery in Kebbi state, Mustafa Muhammed also commended FCMB and TCF for coming to his aid and thousands of others suffering from cataract through the priceless gift of sight initiative.
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