Department of Health pays attention to the visually impaired

Health MEC Butana Komphela with medical practitioners during an eye operation. Photo Supplied

The Free State MEC for Health, Butana Komphela, applauses the National District Hospital’s Eye Care Unit in Bloemfontein for having made strides in working towards helping people who are visually impaired.

The hospital earlier today hosted an annual sight awareness campaign, during which two elderly people over the age of 90 were operated on.

In celebration of this day, medical practitioners at the hospital joined hands in doing cataract operations on elderly people, accompanied by MEC Komphela.

The World Sight Day is held on the second Thursday of October each year to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Komphela, however, mentioned that more still needs to be done. A need remains for more collaborative partnerships with the government. The Universitas Hospital is currently working with the National District Hospital to manage the Eye Care Unit.

“The Free State Department of Health supports the global missions of reducing the number of people who are visually impaired due to cataracts. In our aim to provide the community with the best health care facilities, we also aim to provide them with good eye care” he said.

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