The Yobe State Government says it carried out 1,430 successful eye surgeries in the state in 2020.
Dr Babagana Machina, the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Agency, said this on Sunday in Damaturu at an event to mark the World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day (NTDs).
The World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day is celebrated on Jan. 30 every year.
Machina said that 736 eye surgeries were conducted at the Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu; 30 eye operations at the General Hospital, Damagum; while 272 eye surgeries were performed at the General Hospital, Potiskum.
He added that 250 others were conducted at the Gashua General Hospital and 142 others at the Geidam General Hospital.
According to him, NTDs are endemic in Yobe, with varying prevalence rates cutting across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Machina also noted that reports had shown that Yobe had the highest prevalence of trachoma, a disease which usually causes blindness, in the country.
The executive secretary said that the state government, in collaboration with various stakeholders and partners, was set to achieve the targets for the control and the elimination of the NTDS in an integrated manner.
He added that the state government had also distributed Azithromycin medicine and Tetracycline eye ointment to 1.7 million, out of the initial target of 2.3 million patients.
Machina commended the Health Development Support Programme (HANDs) and other partners for their assistance to the state through their various interventions.
He, however, identified insecurity, inadequate funding, late arrivals of medicines and inadequate logistics as some of the challenges facing the smooth implementation of the health programme.
He commended the efforts and commitments of all the partners and stakeholders in the fight against NTDs in state.