At least 1,000 patients in Kajiado county benefited from a free eye clinic in at the County Referral Hospital.
The two-day event organized by the county government in collaboration with Amref Health Africa, Helping Hands, Essilor Kenya among other partners saw resident with various optical ailments mill to the facility.
The free services including eye checkup, provision of spectacles and cataract surgery attracted many senior citizens.
Speaking during the final day of the camp, Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku commended the organizers of the camp and pledged to organize similar clinics for other common ailments affecting people within the county.
“Our rapid response to specialised treatment of various illnesses is part of our continued improved service delivery at our health facilities,” said Governor Lenku
Lemayian Lesalel who came all the way from Namanga said he has been having problems studying at night as his eyes are always itchy once the lights are turned on.
“I heard about the Camp and decided to come seek help as my eyes are always itchy when lights are turned on, making me to forgo evening preps in school. This has affected my school performance and I hope that once I get to see the specialists today, my problem will be sorted.” Said Lemayian
Evarline Odupoi who brought her child with eye problems noted that her son has had eye problems ever since he was three months old and she has taken him to various hospitals for treatment to no avail.
“I have sought medical treatment for my son’s condition ever since he was three months old and it has never changed. He has never gotten better but I believe he will get the right treatment today.” said an optimistic Evarline
Also among the patients who came to seek treatment were the elderly who are gradually losing their sight due to old age.
One of them is Katampoi Silei who for 2 years now is partially blind and was scheduled to undertake a cataract surgery to restore his sight back to normal.
The patients also received free diabetes and blood pressure checkup.