Hundreds turn up for free eye treatment in Lira :: Uganda Radionetwork

The medical camp which started on Monday was organized by the Pakistani Association in Lira with the support of the Overseas Pakistani Global Foundation Africa.

Hundreds of people with eye complications flocked to Lira Regional Referral Hospital for free treatment.

The medical camp which started on Monday was organized by the Pakistani Association in Lira with the support of the Overseas Pakistani Global Foundation Africa.

The five doctors from Pakistan, the United States and the United Kingdom are offering eye screenings and cataract surgeries as part of the exercise which is expected to target more than 5,000 people.

On Monday, more than 300 people were screened and booked for immediate surgeries while others received prescribed medication.

Tom Odongo alias Monbwonyo, the clan chief of Arak-Okweroyitu from Kole district, who was among those treated, said he had been suffering from poor vision for almost 30 years. He says he is optimistic that the operation will bring him relief.

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Eric Takayula, 45, traveled all the way from Kamuli district for a second operation on his left eye. Takayula had developed a condition which led to total blindness while in Kampala city where he was a Boda-Boda rider.

Robert Mwesigwa, Takayula’s younger brother, says he is delighted that his father can regain his sight after the operation.

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Jennifer Apong, a resident of Owiti Village, Amuca Ward in Lira City West Division, is excited about her father’s surgery.

According to Apong, her 67-year-old father was scheduled to undergo eye surgery in 2020, but the operation could not be performed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But Celina Akoli from Amolatar district is disappointed that her eyesight problem cannot be treated by doctors due to her advanced age. The 86-year-old was only given medication and advised to go home because her poor vision was due to old age.

Meanwhile, Ssikandar Iftikhar, the founder of Overseas Pakistan Global Foundation Africa explained that the camp targets people with eye problems as their treatment requires a specialist.

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The three-day exercise drew people from across northern Uganda and beyond.


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