Over 800 persons benefitted from the free-eye screening which was organized by Seplat Petroleum Company Limited. The medical outreach which held at the palace of the Benin Monarch, His Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, was part of its Corporate Responsibility (CSR) of the Company. The two-Day programme brought succour to a primary 4 pupil of God’s
Over 800 persons benefitted from the free-eye screening which was organized by Seplat Petroleum Company Limited.
The medical outreach which held at the palace of the Benin Monarch, His Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, was part of its Corporate Responsibility (CSR) of the Company.
The two-Day programme brought succour to a primary 4 pupil of God’s Own International School, Ughelli, Delta State.
Cataract was extracted from the eyes of the boy, Genesis Esekose.
The boy had lived with the disorder for 11 years before he was operated upon by a team of medical personnel.
He said because of the cataract, he could not see the chalk board well from his sitting position.
He also lamed his blurred vision on his poor academic performance.
His parents had taken him to several hospitals where diagnosis revealed that he had cataract.
“I stared school early enough, but I could not make good progress because I didn’t use to see the board well enough.
“Whenever I look at the board, the writings will be upside down. That affected my academic performance from time to time.
“I was not always happy in class because I couldn’t see the board. I have had to repeat the same class twice, all because I couldn’t see the board.
“Many times, my teachers will flog me, thinking that I was just dull. But the real reason was because I couldn’t see what was written on the board,” he said.
In her reaction, elated mother of the pupil, Mrs. Grade Esekose, said he heard about the free eye-screening exercise via social Media.
The 41-year-old trader, said: “A concerned neighbor told us. Genesis is the third of my five children.
“He (Genesis) is 11 years old and in primary four. We are from Ughwerun, but live in Ughelli, Delta State.
“Genesis’ travails started when he was one-year-old. Whenever he walks, he does not walk straight, he always walk to direction different from where he is supposed to go.
“When the neighbor saw Genesis, she asked if he does not see well and he said yes and that the eyes do pain him.
‘The neighbor then asked him to call me. When I got to the woman, she told me that she will link me with one of her sisters who is a nurse, to link me with an eye-screening programme where they could treat his eyes for him.
She said that the boy is too handsome and should not be allowed to go blind.
“When we met with the nurse and after checking Genesis’ eyes, she referred us to Warri, where they operated on one of the eyes last Tuesday.
“They also instructed me to bring him to Benin for the operation of the second eye. True to their words, the eye was operated on yesterday (Friday).
“That is what we have been experiencing for the past 11 years of the boy’s existence.
“To God be the glory, he has used Seplat company to solve Genesis’ eye problem for free,” she related.
On his part, Joseph Esekose, father of Genesis, related how he had taken Genesis to several hospitals for treatment, but couldn’t not afford to pay the exorbitant fees charged.
He said: “It has been traumatic living with his eye problem. I have been troubled for many years.
“He (Genesis) has being in primary four all this year’s because he cannot see well.
He (Genesis) always complain to me that he could not see the chalk board from his sitting position.
“Many times, his teachers do flog him because he could not see the chalk board well enough and I will cry as I could not raise enough money to treat him.
“They charged me as much as N250,000 and I couldn’t afford it. Several times, I cried and will always beg God to bring me succour to my family. Am happy that the whole problem is over today.”
Efiong Okon, Operations Director, Seplat Producing Company, said the exercise was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
Cataract operations, free eye glasses and medications were also distributed while various eye problems were resolved during the exercise.