The Premiere Eye Hospital and Optical Care Facility in North Western Nigeria
Airport Road Kano.
ECWA Eye Hospital Kano was founded in January 20, 1943. It started as a 25 bed hospital with only one ophthalmologist. Over the years it has evolved to a 185 bed capacity Eye hospital with 2 consultant Ophthalmologists, 7 Resident Ophthalmologists, 3 Optometrists, 3 Ophthalmic nurses, 11 staff nurses, 36 Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW), 24 Administrative/Account staff, 3 laboratory staff, 5 Optical Technicians, 3 chaplaincy staff and 43 supportive staff that provide a wide range of specialized eye care services.
The hospital was accredited by the West African Postgraduate Medical College (WACS) for the training of Diploma
in Ophthalmology. Training is also given to Residents and consultants from other University Teaching Hospitals within Nigeria. The Hospital provides yearly training on primary eye care and ophthalmic theatre courses to personnel from government and non-governmental eye care institutions across Nigeria. Other medical interventions includes; Cataract services, glaucoma services, medical retina, A/B Scan, spectacle/lens production, pediatric ophthalmology, community outreaches to rural areas within Kano and Jigawa States and many more.
The hospital has evolved from the provision of basic service to that of highly specialized services. The hospital is second to none in sophistication and the provision of quality services in the entire Northern Nigeria. The hospital is well equipped through collaborations with several entities.
The hospital has enjoyed a long partnership with Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) that has advanced the staff development through the internal learning programmes and use of resource persons and systems improvement. This has developed the capacity of the hospital to implement high volume intervention programmes. Through the support of CBM, the hospital secured a three-year funding grant from the Standard Chartered Bank, UK under the Seeing is Believing Project to conduct 18,000 adult and 540 children cataract surgeries and to reach 1,384,000 with awareness messages during the project life. The project ended in June 2014, the hospital met the targets given and even exceeded it.
One of the doctors was sponsored for Retinal training in South Korea to set up a retinal unit in the hospital.
Aside carrying out general eye surgeries, the eye Doctors went on to specialize in areas of endeavours, which include: Paediatric ophthalmology and Glaucoma Surgery respectively.
The linkage programmes has enabled four of the Hospital staff attend specialized training in ophthalmology in the UK in 2012.