At the weekend, hundreds of residents of Ibadan stormed the Indoor Sports Hall, Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba Complex for the free eye test, screening, distribution of eye glasses and medication.
During the Ogbomoso free medical outreach, Dare had said the foundation has lined up programmes which were aimed at ameliorating the suffering of the people, even though he said the programmes are in phases.
He said: “It’s in phases. The DAD Foundation’s mission is in three folds. We have a medical mission, a subsect of that is the eye treatment and, according to the general saying that the eye is the light of the whole body, if you take the eyes away from a man, you have taken away something important to his livelihood.
“The other subsect of the mission is also the surgery. Because we gave glasses, surgery is a procedure which can be a bit complicated. And then eventually, we will now have other surgeries: appendix and the others.
“Also we have the family support programme which will involve giving out food stuffs and some kind of empowerment to the poor. Right now, this is the first stage. It’s going to expand eventually.
“But beyond Ogbomoso, we are reaching out to Ibadan. We are reaching out to Oke-Ogun, but this is something that has just started and it is going to grow in quantum with time.”
In fulfilment of his promise to reach out to other areas of Oyo State, the DAD Foundation was at Ibadan to screen, test and provide free eye glasses to residents of the area.
In the circumstances, about 1,500 residents of Ibadan benefited from the free eye care medical services which commenced in the city on Friday.
In attendance t6o benefit from the Ibadan Medical Outreach were aged men and women, youths, teenagers and minors who were accompanied to the venue by their parents.
Others include medical doctors led by the Managing Director, Sharp View Optometric Clinic, Dr. Gbolade Osinuga, health workers, politicians and officials of DAD Foundation led by the initiator of the programme and a seasoned journalist, Mr Sunday Dare, among others.
As early as 7:00 a.m. on Friday, people suffer from one eye problem or the other had begun to arrive at the venue of the two-day free medical outreach to collect cards from the officials who were ready to welcome the beneficiaries.
Apart from the free medicated eye glasses to be given free to the beneficiaries, the medical outreach also offered free eye screening, testing, drugs, and diagnosis for eye surgery, which the Foundation has offered to pick the bills after treatment.
Speaking with reporters during the event, Mr Sunday Dare, who is the current Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management representing the South West at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) expressed delight at the turnout of people at the two-day programme, saying that he was very happy to impart on the lives of people.
According to him, the DAD Foundation will, by August, unveil free eye surgery medical services that would cover cataract, glaucoma and other eye ailments.
He said Ibadan was the second city after Ogbomoso to benefit from the free eye care medical outreach and after Ibadan, it would be the turn of Oyo, Ibarapa, and Oke-Ogun zones where over 5,000 eye glasses will be offered free to the people.
Dare, who was the Chief of Staff/Media Adviser to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for many years, said he has passion for Oyo State and that was what informed the empowerment programme which aimed to positively touch lives of many people.
“This is a journey that begun probably in February in Ogbomoso when the Daniel Ayoola Dare (DAD) Foundation was officially unveiled. I did say then that it was something I owed to my late father who died about nine years ago, who lived a life of giving. One of the things he told me was that there is more blessing in giving than in receiving. The moment you are empowered, you are empowered for a purpose to impact on the society.
“So, we promised we will go to Ogbomoso and then come to Ibadan. And we are keeping to that promise. We will go to Oke-Ogun, we will keep our promise, we will go to Ibarapa, we will keep our promise we will touch the key zones of the state with the free medical eye care services. “Having said that, beyond screening and eye test and giving out glasses, we have other component which is family support and this includes giving out food stuffs and the likes. We did a bit of that during the Ramadan where we gave out several bags of rice to our Muslim community.
“The third aspect of it has to do with the medical mission that is deeper and this includes surgery for cataract, glaucoma and others. We already have a list of names and, by August, we will have doctors around to do the surgery and it is for free,” he said.