President Bola Tinubu has approved a partnership between the Federal Ministry of Health’s national eye health programme and the Peek Vision Foundation to provide more than five million pairs of eyeglasses to Nigerians with sight impairments.
Tinubu made the announcement in Abuja on Friday during a courtesy visit by Andrew Bastawrous, CEO of the foundation and co-founder of the Vision Catalyst Fund.
The President said he was motivated to support the initiative because of his personal experience with eye health.
He narrated how his mother was able to see clearly again after receiving a pair of glasses but had asked him how others in her condition would manage without any support.
“My first experience was with my mother of blessed memory. She was ill and she could not recognise me. When I intervened, she was treated and given a pair of glasses,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, his spokesperson.
“The next question she asked me was: I have you, and you are able to do this for me. What about those other women and their children who may not have somebody like you to intervene for them?
“So I made a promise to her that I will pursue the mass provision of eye care vigorously and that I will provide free eye screening and surgeries to people because of that question my mother asked me and because of her passion to see others healed.