The report of the 2012 prevalence survey revealed that Nigeria has about 2 times more incidence of blindness and visual impairment (World Health Organization 2012). Eye cases such as Cataracts, Pterygium, glaucoma, high myopia, and high hyperopic. The 3 – cumulative incidence of blindness in persons is = 5.50 % (95%CI = 2.34 – 8.66). While that of cataracts was 5.33% (95%CI=1.94-11.96%). Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness (63.6% of causes).
The global incidence of blindness and visual impairment burden has continued to pose a threat to the survival of humanity, especially in the high burden countries including Northeastern Nigeria in particular. In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report which states that Nigeria has the third highest blindness among the 4 countries worldwide.
By the end of the project, 3,000 beneficiaries in the whole region, will benefit from the Project and improve their eyesight and 500 target beneficiaries out of the 3,000 beneficiaries above will be issued Cataracts and medicine in the host State.
The Cost implication for each patient to have undergone successful cataract surgery, medication, and post-operation care; is RM442, RM135, and RM78 respectively.
A total of RM655 will be enough for each patient to benefit from the project.