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175 Turn up for Free Eye Medical Camp at Fort Portal Regional Referral :: Uganda Radionetwork
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175 Turn up for Free Eye Medical Camp at Fort Portal Regional Referral

Dr. Baku says that the exercise began with a screening program to identify patients who would require surgical intervention, which will be conducted next week.
22 Aug 2022 18:02
Patients line up outside the Eye Department at Fort portal regional refferal Hospital

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At least 175  patients with different eye complications turned up on Monday for the free medical camp at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital. 

Dr. Beatrice Baku, an ophthalmologist at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital told the Uganda Radio Network that the three-day camp is jointly being run by a team from Ruharo Eye center and Mbarara University of science and technology under a three-year project aiming at providing quality cataract surgery services to the people of southwestern Uganda.

Dr. Baku says that the exercise began with a screening program to identify patients who would require surgical intervention, which will be conducted next week. The camp mainly targets people with cataracts infection, a common disease among the elderly, which affects the natural lenses of the eyes and makes them cloudy.

She says that the other common cases to be attended to include allergies, refractive errors, and glaucoma, which affects nerves that connect the eyes to the brain.

//Cue in: the target today …

Cue out: every day we shall see 100 people”//

When we asked about the overwhelming number of patients with eye defects and what it would cost to treat an eye defect, Dr. Baku said that in spite of the increasing cases of eye defects in the community, the most essential consumables need for eye care are not on the National Drug list of supplies in regional referral hospitals yet they are available.

She said that they in the meantime rely on corporate organizations to provide them with the little consumables they are using.

//Cue in: "Most of those…

Cue out: it has been a process,”//

Isiah Masereka, a resident of Nombe sub-county in Ntoroko district, says that he was involved in a motor accident in 2003, which affected his sight, and has since been undergoing treatment in vain. He is hopeful that he will regain his eyesight after undergoing surgery in the camp to rectify the defects.

//Cue in : Nyowe ninyikara nombe…

Cue out : nibaija kunkoraho"//

Hellen Ngozi, a student in Fort portal said she developed a sight problem in May this year but could not afford treatment hence turning up for the free eye surgery camp.

//Cue in :oburwaire bunu…

Cue out : Ninyija Kugumisiriza”//

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