Working in Nigeria?
The real work of FOCUS is based at Mercy Hospital Eye Center in Abak, Nigeria,about nine hours by car from Lagos. Completed in 1990, the center was made possible by private funds from both FOCUS and local donations.
In the clinic, the doctors work with translators and a team of Nigerian nurses, technicians, and clerks. On an average day the team may see anywhere from 75 to 300 patients, many with significant pathology. In surgery, ophthalmologists may perform as many as 25 procedures each operation day.
The facilities are adequate: comfortable examination rooms, two air-conditioned operating rooms, and in-patient facilities for surgical patients. The equipment available includes slit lamps, keratometers and operating microscopes.
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