A 37-year-old man, Sola Owolabi, has thanked the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, for the free eye surgery programme from which he benefitted two months ago, during the state’s free medical mission.
Owolabi, who narrated his ordeal before the eye surgery during a chat with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said he had battled with cataract for more than four years, an eye ailment which affected his two eyes and rendered him blind for the period.
The Ado-Ekiti-born bricklayer said he had sold off all his properties to feed himself when he had no means of catering for himself, adding that he had no family member to assist him.
Owolabi explained that he resorted to begging for alms and lived a rather miserable life when all hope was lost.
He explained that he was asked to bring N120,000 for eye surgery when he visited the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado-Ekiti, but could not raise the said sum because of his condition.
Owolabi said his hope of regaining sight was rekindled when he heard on the radio that the state government was starting a free eye surgery in some selected parts of the State as part of the free medical mission of the Fayemi administration.
Owolabi said: “I have had cataract for four years and there was no assistance for me to seek medical solution to it.