350 people benefit from free eye surgery in Bong County – FrontPageAfrica
Salala, Bong County – As many as 350 people in Bong County benefited from the latest phase of the free eye surgery awareness program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse; a program aimed at improving the quality of life of beneficiaries by restoring their vision through surgery.
It’s a partnership with the New Sight Eye Center and the Ministry of Health.
Speaking at the launch of a week-long program, Bong County Health Officer Dr Jonathan Flomo said restoring sight and preventing blindness have become the most interventionist strategies. most valued and cost-effective in the health system.
Dr Flomo said: “The blurred vision caused by cataracts can make it harder to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.”
“Most cataracts grow slowly and don’t interfere with your sight at first, but over time the cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.
“At first, stronger lighting and glasses can help you cope with cataracts, but if impaired vision is interfering with your usual activities, you may need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe and effective procedure,” he added.
He noted that more than 80% of visual impairments are preventable because they could be treated.
Dr. Flomo assured that the government is ensuring that the partnership between the government and non-governmental organizations continues, pointing out that the medical team at New Eye Center is made up of highly qualified surgeons.
According to Galakpai Kolubah, deputy director of the health sector of Samaritan’s Purse, the partnership with the Ministry of Health and the New Eye Center is undoubtedly beneficial, and they have made it an annual mission to reach those affected by the disease. cataract. and glaucoma in their early stages before they become complicated and more difficult to treat.
“This mission started about four years ago with a high success rate recorded; in the past two years, for example, about 200 patients have been operated on and it has been successful in more than five counties in Liberia.
“This time around, we expect to have at least over 350 patients to care for in Bong County.”
He added that the program is a commitment to take care of the health needs of the population.
Robert Dolo, Founder and Executive Director of New Sight Eye Center, said the main objective of the program was to restore and save the sight of the needy, adding that effective health care delivery is paramount to the organization.
While stating that his organization’s medical team includes highly skilled and vision-conscious surgeons, Dolo said the partnership with the government and Samaritan’s Purse is to save the sight of the needy.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the program for the gesture, although they thanked the government for implementing such a program for the less privileged.
Dignitaries at the event included District Six Deputy Moima Briggs-Mensah and local district leaders, among others.