SHIN Supports Eye Surgery for 102 Nigerians

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Martins Ifijeh

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHIN) recently raised the bar in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by partnering Vision Care, an agency of the United Nations to support eye surgery for 102 Nigerians.

Under the programme, 102 patients with cataracts and at risk of blindness have successfully recovered their eye sights.

THISDAY gathered that apart from its intervention in Nigeria’s health sector, SHIN has also raised the bar in the development of local capacity and capability in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector as young Nigerians get world class training and certification at the Welding Qualification Centre in Lagos as part of the global giant’s contribution to CSR in countries where it operates.

SHIN participated in a medical camp for cataract patients from October 8 to 12 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Lagos, Nigeria.

THISDAY gathered that since 2015, Samsung has worked with Vision Care in the annual Eye Camp to give free cataract surgeries to individuals who cannot afford the treatment.

With the assistance of the global giant, 250 patients have received their eyesight from the previous camps.
Investigation revealed that the Korean and Nigerian employees from SHIN, who have actively participated in the eye camp, have acquired the basic knowledge about ophthalmology through pre-orientation.

Our correspondent who monitored this year’s exercise gathered that they actively assisted the medical staff in the overall medical treatment process such as patient reception, disinfection, injection of eye drops, vision test, and helping the patients to wear a protective cap to ensure the operations went well even with difficulties in the hospital, and the existing medical environment.

Ifeyinwa, an employee from SHIN, who assisted the medical staff in the operating room, told journalists that, “I did not know that there were so many cataract patients in Nigeria, and it was a wonderful feeling to assist in restoring eyesight to them. I am immensely proud of Samsung for doing such noble activities.”

Onyinye, who brought her sick brother with her mother, also told journalists that, “My brother, Paul, has been impaired in his eyes and ears since he was born.Thank you for letting him see the world after 15 years.”
When asked what he wanted to do the most right now, Paul who indicated willingness to get educated, expressed this through sign language as if he was writing with a pencil.

SHIN has been supporting the cataract surgery of Vision Care for the fourth year running despite the difficult management environment.

Apart of this programme, as part of Samsung’s social contribution to the Nigerian community, SHIN has established a world-class Welding Qualification Centre in Lagos.

This centre has trained 530 young Nigerians and they have received international certifications which they can use for many job opportunities.

Due to the success of the programme, structures have been put in place to ensure the center is lively and will keep providing high-end technological transfer to Nigerian youths.