Residents of Samia Sub County benefited from Free Eye treatment organized by the Busia Department of Health and Sanitation in partnership with Fred Hollows Foundation to mark the World Sight Day (WSD).
The event held at the Sio-Port Hospital offered locals including elderly persons and children an opportunity to be attended to by Busia team of eye specialists who conducted surgeries on several patients with diseases among them cataract.
The County Eye Coordinator, Harriet Kavere underscored the importance of locals going for eye checkups in health facilities for early diagnosis, cautioning them over usage of traditional herbs and over the counter drugs not prescribed by specialists.
“Apart from providing free eye treatment services we have created awareness on the need for residents to go for early checkups as well as consume healthy diets,” she said.
Kavere, who is a cataract surgeon, revealed that allergic conjunctivitis, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma have been identified as the most common eye diseases affecting residents, adding that accidents have also resulted in increased eye problems.
Fred Hollows Foundation Programme Officer in charge of Busia County, Steve Egesa said they are committed towards working closely with the County Government to ensure residents get quality eye services.
Locals expressed gratitude to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s Government and Fred Hollows Foundation for the free services offered at the grassroot level.
“We are very grateful to the County Government for bringing services closer to us. Most of us had difficulty in terms of transport and cost of medication,” said Immeldah Achola, a resident of Budwong’i village in Ageng’a-Nanguba Ward.
The Busia team of eye specialists included Justin Aluku and Evans Apondi who advised residents to take advantage of the available eye clinics across the County to get treatment.
World Sight Day is an International Day of Awareness held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of eye health. The theme of the event was ‘Love Your Eyes’.