Over 200 patients have been diagnosed and treated for eye diseases and infections during a three day free surgery eye camp at Mulago Hospital.
The camp was sponsored and organized by the North Indian Cultural Association of Uganda (NICA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
Running from 25th to 27th August, the camp attracted people who were identified from other camps that have been held in Rushere, Fort Portal, Lugazi, Mityana, Mbarara and from the different Kampala slums such as Kamwokya, Makindye and Naguru.
During the camp which was officially launched by the Minister of State for Health, Sarah Opendi the patients were scanned, diagnosed and operated.
“With the growing number of eye complications amongst people, we believe that helping the needy with the gift of sight is a noble cause,” noted NICA Chairman, Dharmendra Agarwal while addressing patients and guests.
Agarwal revealed that through the monthly eye camps, the association intends to sort out sight challenges in more than 7000 people by end of this year.
The association has so far carried out 14 free eye camps, scanned 5066 patients, distributed 2449 free spectacles and given 1710 free treatment.
While officiating at the launch of the free eye camp, Minister Sarah Opendi appreciated NICA for their generosity and helping government in the fight to reduce sight challenges in the country.
“Eye care has been for long a neglected area yet it is very important not only amongst the population but even amongst those who are reading to become medical doctors,” Opendi said.
Opendi noted that not so many people are attracted to this field calling it a dry area with a view that there are a few patients who need such service.
US based Ugandan film maker and NICA Project Coordinator; Isaac Kigozi revealed that they are now set for a two days eye camp in Luweero District next month.
He also noted that the campaign is aimed at bringing on board all Ugandans living in the US to participate and fund the project as a way of contributing to the eye health for Ugandans.