Matayos Residents Receive Free Eye Treatment


By Reuben Olita

Residents of Matayos Sub County benefited from free eye treatment organized by the County Government of Busia.

The exercise was conducted at Muyafwa Dispensary in Matayos South Ward where locals with eye problems got an opportunity to get free medication.

Busia County Eye Coordinator, Harriet Kavere said patients were screened and surgeries performed, adding that the most common cases are allergic conjunctivitis and cataract.

“After screening we ascertained that some patients required eye glasses which were given free of charge while others with cataract cases had surgery performed on them at no cost. Cataract surgery is very expensive especially in advanced hospitals,” said the eye specialist.

Kavere, who is also a cataract surgeon, emphasized that the main aim of the outreach was to ensure eye care services are taken closer to the locals.

She revealed that a similar exercise was conducted in other health facilities including Nasira Dispensary, with another one set to be done at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) on Thursday 18th, 2021.

She further said the County Government is going on with plans to ensure eye care services are devolved to all the Sub County hospitals through the opening of satellite eye clinics.

“Apart from the eye care services being provided at the BCRH we also have a satellite eye clinic at Kocholia and Khunyangu Sub County hospitals that are fully equipped to offer minor and major surgeries”

Nakalet Nyongesa, who is among patients that were operated appreciated efforts by the County Government of Busia to provide eye care services.

“Am very hopeful that I’ll be able to see clearly and undertake my normal duties without support from other people after the surgery” he said, disclosing that crossing the road was a difficult task for him based on the eye problem.


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