SWITZERLAND, JULY 12 – President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Chanrai family, for their commitment to the development of Nigeria, through long-term investments and humanitarian services, in providing free health care services to the underprivileged.
While speaking at the commissioning of the Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital recently, President Buhari said the family’s investments in the country since Nigeria’s independence, clearly shows a dedication to the well being of Nigerians, especially by channeling resources into making life better for many, especially, the poor.
He said, “I am very pleased to note their contribution to the prevention of avoidable blindness, by restoring the vision of more than 120,000 Nigerians, free of charge. These services will now be enhanced with this state of the art hospital in the heart of Nigeria.’’
He said the Chanrai family was initially involved in trading and industrial manufacturing, with plants in various parts of the country, engaging in processing, and was elated that they had now branched into humanitarian activities.
According to him, the vision of the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, is to build a healthy Nigeria and the Foundation has been instrumental in implementing several projects related to Primary Health Care, Eye Care and Safe drinking water, throughout the country.
The Chairman, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, Mr Jagdish Chanrai, in his remarks, said that more than 60 per cent of services will be targeted at the poor, especially in restoring sight and correcting defects, noting that the hospital, which commenced services in January 2019, had attended to 6, 400 patients and performed over 1000 eye surgeries, with 850 of them provided free.
He said the Chanrai family had touched the lives of about 7.5 million Nigerians with various humanitarian projects.
The hospital is managed by Aravind Eye Care System of India and will be largely operated by a Nigerian team of 30 eye professionals who had been trained in India.