Makerere University Gets Modern Optics Facility

Makerere University Hospital

Makerere University Campus Hospital yesterday announced acquisition of a state of the art facility to be used by the students of optometry.

Optometrists (also known as Doctors of Optometry) are specialists trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision and diagnose and treat various eye diseases.

The facility was launched yesterday at the University Hospital by Hon Jocye Moriku, doctor the minister of state for primary health care.

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The Minister was thrilled that the well equipped facility – best of its kind in the world – will enable students get the highest training.

So far, view the university has trained only 11students in this field and about 20 more are expected to join in the next academic year.

According to the minister, diagnosis Uganda has only 9 optometrists of which 4 are registered, which shows a glaring scarcity of eye care professionals in the country.

“If Uganda wants to achieve its sustainable development goals and vision, it must have a health population which is a pillar to development,” the minister stressed.

The new facility is a result of a cooperation between the Brien Holden Vision institute, Ministry of Health and Makerere University’s department of ophthalmology as well as the Optometrists Association of Uganda.



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