Free EyeCare Service

The MTN Eye Restoration Intervention Scheme (EyeRIS) in partnership with FEYReP initiated on January 11, 2016, at the Ibom Hall grounds, marked the beginning of FEYReP’s response to the health needs of the people of Akwa Ibom State. The program launch saw the presence of government functionaries and representatives from corporate organizations who expressed gratitude for the partnership with MTN Foundation. Mrs. Nonny Ugboma, Executive Secretary of MTN Foundation, highlighted the program’s commitment to providing various eye treatments and surgeries for beneficiaries.
The founder of FEYReP, Her Excellency, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel, who described the eye as a window to the soul, also emphasized her organization’s dedication to the well-being of Akwa Ibom’s residents. Dr. Martha said that FEYReP is the fulfillment of her lifelong passion to empower the less privileged with skills and information for successful living. She stressed the importance of free medical care in impacting lives within communities, stating that the partnership with MTN resulted from months of consultation to design a comprehensive eye restoration intervention for the people of Akwa Ibom. Dr. Martha encouraged the community to take advantage of this unique opportunity for eye care services.

Representing Governor Udom Emmanuel, the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo, MFR, commended Her Excellency and the partners involved in the humanitarian project, recognizing the program’s potential to benefit the majority of the less privileged.

In an interview, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, emphasized that blindness or visual impairment hinders a person’s independence and economic contribution.

Dr. Mildred, the Consultant Ophthalmologist to the program, reiterated the importance of seizing opportunities for sight improvement, noting that EyeRIS has underscored the need for social intervention in eye care, especially for the less privileged.

The project revealed an alarming number of individuals with Cataract and Glaucoma in Akwa Ibom compared to other states worked in by the team. By the project’s conclusion, a total of fifteen thousand (15,000) individuals received treatment, over 2000 medicated glasses were distributed, and about 1,540 cataract surgeries were performed. Dr. Martha’s leadership and the collaborative efforts of FEYReP continue to make a significant impact on eye health, reflecting the organization’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of the people of Akwa Ibom.