1,500 people to benefit from free cataract surgery

15Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
1,500 people to benefit from free cataract surgery

ABOUT 1500 people are set to benefit from a free cataract surgery organised by the Lions Club Dar es Salaam aimed at combating low sight and blindness.

The club is also planning for an eye screening campaign across the country where more than one million people will be reached countrywide.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, president of the Club Violeth Lusagana said more education is needed for people to take part in such campaigns.

She said that most Tanzanians are not used to checking their health despite the procedure being important to their lives.

"There is a problem with some people's perceptions of poor vision. Some patients have been deceived into believing that if they attend clinics or treatments their eyes will be removed,” she said.

She said many are afraid to show up even though the services are free.

The club which is involved in providing social services, especially in relation to eye health, has congratulated the people who showed up in the recent campaign in Tarime District, Mara Region and asked more to show up in other regions.

According to her, the campaign reached about 150 people who underwent eye surgery while another 500 received other services including eye sight tests and counseling.

She said 200 people have already undergone eye surgery in Arusha while another 200 are expected to undergo another operation and extend the service to Bagamoyo District in Coast Region while urging the people of those areas not to be afraid to show up.

The Dar es Salaam-based Lions club has been providing free medical care and eye health care services to people with limited financial ability to pay for the treatment.

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