MTN foundation begins free eye treatment for Southeast zone
IN a bid to giving back to the society, MTN foundation (MTNF) has spent N10.5 billion since its inception some years ago, the chairman of MTN, Paschal Dozie has said.
Speaking during the flagging off ceremony of the foundation’s free eye treatment for the Southeast geo –political zone held at the Imo specialist Hospital, Umuguma, Owerri, Imo State, Dozie said the foundation’s free eye treatment would end January 30, 2015, adding that many of those affected by different eye related ailments can also partake in the exercise.
In the ceremony attended by the Imo state governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Edward Ihejirika; a director of the foundation, Dennis Okoro, the Executive Secretary of the MTNF, Miss Nonny Ugboma, among others, Dozie said the foundation was executing the responsibility as one of the numerous others it has carried out to assist humanity.
He said: “We have spent N10.5 billion on Social corporate Responsibility, in the area of education, scholarship, women empowerment, music growth among others.
While calling for widespread dissemination of the information, Dozie commended Okorocha for attending in person.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary, Ugboma, said the programme would simultaneously last for three weeks, in Orlu, Mbaise and Okigwe.
She said so far, about 34,000 patients had benefited in the preventable eye blindness programme in 16 states, while 12 cases of surgery were carries out by seven surgeons and experts.
Ugboma said it was for free quality eye care project; disclosing that in Abia state, 2,100 surgeries were carried out recently on cataract, free eyeglasses among others.
In his speech, Okorocha, who commended Dozie for the use of MTNF to manage the problems of the people, said the state government had adopted similar approach through the Imo Foundation headed by a Lawyer, Ngozi Njoku, to cure some ailments.