600 Patients to benefit from the Eye Cataract Surgery
By Nomagugu Konke
The Ministry of Health and Child Care together with the Chinese Government signed a memorandum of Understanding for the Bright Journey cataract surgery program which is set to benefit 600 Zimbabweans.
According to the agreement of the MOU, Chinese medical team will be dispatched to Zimbabwe to carry out free cataract clinical operations and onsite trainings.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, The Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Zhou Ding said about 600 cataract patients are expected to be treated under the Bright Journey program.
“I feel very glad that we are going to start a new program which is called the Bright Journey; it is not a brand new one because in 2010 and 2012, we conducted the program and it benefitted 800 cataract patients.
“This time, we will be inviting a group of Chinese eye doctors to conduct the eye surgery for about 600 cataract patients,” he said.
The Ambassador also said the donations stand in as a bridge between the two countries in promoting cooperation in the medical sector.
“After completing their project, they will donate their medical equipment and supplies to Zimbabwe; this will be a significant development in the medical and health between our two countries.
“Last year, we invited about 100 nurses, doctors and technicians from Zimbabwe to attend training program in China,” said the Ambassador.
The Health and Child Care Minister Douglas Mombeshora speaking at the same event, said they are hopeful that the cataract will help local ophthalmologists gain exposure from Chinese counterparts
“And now there is a MOU that has been signed to upscale the cataract extraction camps that will be run in Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Chinese experts, We hope this will also benefit our local ophthalmologists, who gain more experience, get more exposure,” he said.
The cataract surgery is an operation to remove an eye’s lens when becomes cloudy which causes difficulties in vision and replace with a clear artificial lens.