In its continued efforts towards the betterment of the society, Deltawomen NGO in partnership with Igbanke National Progressive Association (INPA), yesterday organized a free eye test programme at Igbanke, Edo state.
The program, which was aimed at reducing high rate of blindness in the society, was part of the NGO’s program.
Over 160 indigenes of Igbanke, and those living in the environs, especially from Agbor were tested, screened, and examined. 96 reading glasses were given out according to the doctors prescriptions for free, while some were referred to nearby specialist eye clinic.
According to the project officer, Mr. Shedrack Agboje, who spoke on behalf of Deltawomen, Ms Elsie Reed says; “this is a regular event that Delta Women conducts, in memory of Mrs. Comfort Ijorogu, Ms. Elsie Ijorogu-Reed’s mother. Mrs. Comfort Ijorogu unfortunately lost her eyesight before her passing. “
“Understanding that this condition is reversible if detected early enough, Ms. Elsie Ijorogu-Reed decided to ensure that she would provide facilities to help as many people as she can.”
Mr. Shedrack further said that Deltawomen is not a political organization, so will not return to the village to merely work for votes, as it is purely a humanitarian effort.
Mr. Celestine Ugbe, the chairman of all Igbanke Youths, and member council of Onogies, said “we appreciate the efforts of Igbanke National Progressive Association, and Deltawomen, we expect that in the near future that they will remember us again, as this is the first of its kind.”
One of the beneficiaries, His Royal Highness, HRH, Sunday Osunde, the Onogie of Oligie, thanked the organizers of the event, especially her own daughter, Mrs. Gloria Eluebo Adagbon, the founder of Igbanke National Progressive Association for her kind gesture, and her efforts towards alleviating the sufferings of the less privileged Igbankes. He prayed that God will continue to bless her and her family.