ABU DHABI, 24th April, 2022 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) launched the seventh phase of a campaign to combat eye diseases in Morocco, following the directives of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.
The campaign aims to provide eye care services to patients in remote Moroccan villages and regions, including white cataract removal surgeries and lens implants using advanced surgical techniques as well as the early detection of glaucoma and supplying medicines and glasses to eye patients.
So far the campaign has provided eye care services to 8,692 patients, including 3,384 white cataract removal surgeries. 250 eye surgeries have been conducted so far in the current phase, which is being carried out in Garada area in east Morocco.
Specialists and consultants performed eye examinations for students in tens of schools and provided glasses for those suffering from sight disorders.
Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, stressed that the Moroccan campaign reinforces the initiatives Sheikha Fatima to end the health issues of vulnerable people, as well as achieve the aspirations of the UAE's leadership and the country's strategy to promote giving, provide basic health, education and social services, and improve the conditions of mothers and children.
"Sheikha Fatima's initiatives deliver a strong message of solidarity with humanitarian situations around the world,'' Al Falahi said, adding that the campaign is a true addition to the efforts of the ERC in Morocco.
Al Falahi thanked the ERC's partners in Morocco, including the UAE Embassy, the Moroccan Ministry of Health and the Moroccan Medical Association for Solidarity (AMMS).