Coun­cil for Blind re­stores sight to un­der-priv­i­leged

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Crys­ta­bel Chikayi Chron­i­cle Re­porter

RICHARD Mor­ris Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo has started free eye surg­eries in a pro­gramme that is ex­pected to ben­e­fit up to 500 pa­tients to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age to eyes and pre­vent pos­si­ble blind­ness.

The pro­gramme, which started on Mon­day and ends to­day comes as a re­lief, es­pe­cially for the un­der­priv­i­leged who strug­gled to ac­cess treat­ment nec­es­sary to fully re­store their vi­sion.

The pro­gramme was spon­sored by the Coun­cil for the Blind.

One of those who ben­e­fited from the five day Eye Camp was 80-year-old Mr Mhike Ra­mundlwa of Mberengwa who said for the past 15 years he could not see prop­erly.

“I am 80 years old and hav­ing a surgery for free, to me it’s new and I believe it’s by the grace of God,” said Mr Ra­mundlwa.

Dr Em­manuel Zhou, a Bu­l­awayo eye spe­cial­ist, who is the Direc­tor of Eye Camp said the pro­gramme was fully spon­sored by the Coun­cil for the Blind.

“The Eye Camp has been a suc­cess be­cause of the Coun­cil for the Blind which fully spon­sored the camp.

“We are at­tend­ing to some eye pa­tients who booked for treat­ment in Oc­to­ber. We even had out­reach pro­grammes, go­ing to peri-ur­ban places to en­cour­age those with dif­fi­cul­ties in see­ing to reg­is­ter,” said Dr Zhou.

He said eight lo­cal doc­tors and nurses from Mata­bele­land South were un­der­tak­ing the surg­eries.

Dr Zhou said they were at­tend­ing to at least 100 pa­tients a day.

He said peo­ple who fail to get help in this pro­gramme can reg­is­ter for the next eye camp that will be held in April next year spon­sored by Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe. @cchikayi

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