Uasin Gishu launches school eye health program

The County Government of Uasin Gishu in collaboration with, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Operation Eye Sight Universal has launched an eye care centre for primary school pupils.

The programme is aimed at screening eye sight related problems to pupils and offering them free treatment, in a bid to restoring sight and preventing blindness in Uasin Gishu Primary schools.

Speaking during the launch, Dr Fatma Some, on behalf of the Board Chairperson, Operation Eye Sight Universal, reiterated that they are committed to offer eye care problems as they believe with healthy eyes and good visual, pupils are in a better position to achieve their dreams and interact freely with others in bettering their social life.

“This is one of our life transforming projects and the School Eye Health Program, is aimed at solving persistent eye problems that pupils face. When people suffer from poor eye health, their quality of life is diminished and the cycle of poverty is perpetuated,” said Dr Fatuma.

She reiterated that when eye problems are addressed early enough through screening, this gives pupils courage to work hard and to be smart in actualizing their dreams through good academic performance.

The Dr. Some added that pupils have the right to sight, right to education and right to a self-fulfilling environment.

Through this program, she said, they have actively involved teachers and so far, they have trained 20 teachers who have so far screened 40,000 learners out of which 2,200 have been referred for specialized treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), five have undergone specialized surgery successfully and 95 have received free eye glasses.

The County Executive Member for Health, Uasin Gishu County, Dr. Evelyne Rotich, reiterated that their collaboration with Operation Eye Sight Universal, began in March, 2016 which saw a great number of people seeking eye healthcare services, rising tremendously.

“About 110, 000 persons have so far been screened in three sub counties, out of the six sub counties, 70,000 have received various forms of interventions, ranging from surgeries to optical services.

  • By KNA