Free cataract ops in Marondera

22 May, 2012 - 22:05 0 Views

The Herald

be attended to.
The programme is expected to cater for people from Mashonaland East Province as well as others from across the country.
The programme co-ordinator, Mr Fidelis Tawanda Mugariri, recently said that spectacles and reading glasses will be sold at low cost.
“The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and a donor in conjunction with the provincial themalogist have facilitated this programme,” said Mr Mugariri.
“The goal is to prevent blindness caused by cataracts, and eye operations will take between five and 10 minutes.”
He confirmed that the programme was expected to be conducted in all the districts across the country.
Provincial themalogist Dr Aaron Magava confirmed that children with eye problems will be given equal preference.
“Mashonaland East Province has been marginalised and there has not been a single eye camp.
“This programme is meant to benefit everyone and people are free to come for the service,” said Dr Magava.
He appealed to the community to community to come in numbers for the free programme, or phone 0777 570793.
The programme is emulating the Eyes for Africa project that has seen thousands of patient benefit from free consultation and operations.
More than 200 people are expected to benefit from the Marondera programme.
Celebration Health has also been working with the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences in providing free eye care.
The operations are sponsored by the National Health Care Trust.
Last year more than 500 patients benefited from free cataract operations under the China-Zimbabwe Friendship Brightness Trust.

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