22 Jun 2017 06:40am
OSHAKATI, 22 JUN (NAMPA) - The 2017 Cataract Surgical Campaign is underway at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in the Oshana Region.
The campaign dates are 16 to 24 June and it targets 300 patients from Oshana and neighbouring regions.
Speaking during a media briefing at the hospital on Wednesday, Head Eye Surgeon from Windhoek Central Hospital, Dr Sven Obholzer said over 200 people had their eyesight restored by Wednesday.
Besides patients from the Oshana Region, the Oshakati Eye Camp also caters for cataract patients from the regions of Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene North and a few from southern Angola.
Obholzer said Oshakati has the necessary facilities and as such, patients have to be brought to the hospital.
This year, the camp started at Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas Region in May and Engela. The team travels to Oshikuku and Rundu next.
Five local doctors, including Obholzer, and Professor Christoph Faschinger and his team of surgical experts from the Austrian association, Vision without Frontiers are involved in the camp.
The surgery is done for free.
Director of Health and Social Services in the Oshana Region, Johanna Haimene told the same media briefing that the campaign has successfully restored the sight of 5 496 people from Oshana and the surrounding areas since its inception in 1996.
Beneficiaries, Haimene said, could look after themselves and their families and again become productive independent members of society after the operation.
âThe programme strives to improve the eye health status of the entire nation, but with special emphasis on people above the age of 50, children and vulnerable members of society,â she said.
These are the people who, due to their disadvantaged socio-economic status, have limited access to quality cataract surgical services through normal procedures.
This eye camp is the brainchild of well-known Namibian eye specialist, Dr Helena Ndume, who could not attend the Oshakati camp due to other commitments outside the country.