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New eye hospital in Niger ready for opening
With the cooperation of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Islamic Development Bank, TIKA and Niger Ministry of Health the Niger eye hospital that has been built will officially be opened in September.
Niger 11.08.2014

With the cooperation of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Islamic Development Bank, TIKA and Niger Ministry of Health the Niger eye hospital that has been built will officially be open in September.

The final necessary equipment has been sent from Turkey, and the interior equipment installation is completed and it is said that the hospital is Niger's biggest and fully equipped eye hospital.

The official opening of the hospital that has had its first surgeries will be conducted in September, the opening ceremony will be held with the participation of Turkish and Nigel officials.

FREE CATARACT SURGERY IN THE HOSPITAL THAT HAS 14 BEDS

In June last year, the project started with the construction of a hospital building, for the accommodation of patients from outside of the city there is a dorm with 14 beds; there is also toilets and a masjid. The hospital building consists of two parts; one part will be allocated to IHH's free cataract surgeries, while the other part will be used as an eye clinic by the Lamorna Hospital.

THERE IS ONLY ONE EYE DOCTOR FOR EVERY 600 THOUSAND PEOPLE

Cataract disease is common in Niger and only one eye doctor falls for every 600 thousand people. The hospital that has been established in the capital of Niger, Niamey, will serve as Lamorna hospital's eye unit which is located within Abdou Moumouni University.

There will be training opportunities available for doctors at the hospital that IHH will provide free cataract surgeries for the next 5 years. The hospital has targeted to conduct 6 thousand cataract surgeries in one year, 5 years later the hospital will be transferred to the needy Nigel officials, where the hospital will still continue to provide services to the public.

Within the scope of the project, for the cataract surgeries that will be carried out in Niger doctors and medical personnel will be appointed from Turkey. The organization that will be formed of volunteer health professionals will be done by Alliance of International Doctors (AID).

To contribute to the construction that has costed 350 thousand dollars you can make donations to IHH's accounts, or to work as a volunteer health worker you can apply by sending an email to katarakt@aidoctors.org.

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