Kathiani residents receive free eye treatment – Kenya News Agency
More than 500 residents of Kaani Village in Kathiani Sub-County, Machakos County, received free eye care at a one-day medical camp sponsored by the Israeli Embassy and Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Monday.
Lions Hospital Vice President Manud Shah during a speech at Kaani Primary School where the camp was operating said they had achieved their goal of screening 500 patients from the local community who have eye problems and other conditions.
Shah said the hospital, in partnership with the Israeli Embassy, screened children with congenital illnesses as well as the elderly who have medical and hearing problems, adding that the entire exercise cost over 500,000 million shillings.
The vice president said they have a team of experienced doctors from the hospital headquarters in Nairobi, including a diabetes specialist, an ENT surgeon, an ophthalmologist and a general practitioner for children with special disorders.
He said that of the patients seen, 12 of them will need cataract surgery for which they will become clinically blind.
“Each cataract operation in Nairobi costs between 40,000 and 60,000 shillings, but we promised the 12 patients that we would perform the operation for free,” he said.
Shah added that they had identified three children with severe eye defects, who will also require specialist services, and who will also be treated free of charge at the main hospital in Nairobi and returned to Kathiani after successful treatment.
Shah further explained that they have been supporting the residents of Kaani Village in Kathiani for over 25 years.
Meanwhile, in addition to providing medical services, the hospital saw another great need in the community in terms of education and started the Kaani Lions Girls’ School, which has modern dormitories, a science laboratory and a dining room.
Shah further said they will complete drilling a borehole in Kaani within the next two weeks, which is expected to produce 2,000 liters of water per minute, to solve the residents’ water problem.
The vice president was flanked by Devra Dormans of the Israeli Embassy, Deputy County Governor Eng. Francis Maliti and a crowd of doctors from Lions Eye Hospital.
By Ann Kangero