2019 Eye camp kicks off in Ohangwena

21 Aug 2019 15:20pm
ENGELA, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – The 2019 Eye Camp kicked off at Engela District Hospital in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday with over 400 eye patients from all over northern Namibia hoping to have their eyesight restored.
The six-doctor surgery team is headed by renowned Namibian eye specialist, Dr Helena Ndume, along with five American doctors from organisations such as Alcon Laboratories and See International.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Ndume said 315 patients had their eyesight already restored at Engela by Tuesday.
She indicated that several Angolan nationals also formed part of the targeted patients who have eye illness mostly as a result of cataract, caused either by old age, sun-burn or trauma.
She explained that this year’s eye camp already restored the eyesight of 403 patients at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in the Oshana Region last month and 383 patients in Rundu in the Kavango East Region in June.
Once done at Engela, she said, the team will proceed to the Oshikuku Roman Catholic Hospital in the Omusati Region next month.
“From Rundu, we travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where we conducted surgeries to 187 eye patients in that country,” Ndume narrated.
She at the same time thanked Americans for investing about N.dollars 1.5 million in the camp every year since 1997.
One of the beneficiaries and an Angolan national, Ndeulimana Kangololo commended Ndume and her team for the gesture of restoration of eyesight of the old people.
“I suffered an eye illness for many years but I am now happy that I can see again following the surgery I received here yesterday,” Kangololo cited.
The Engela Eye Camp ends on Friday.