Temeke District Commissioner Jokate Mwegelo officiated at the launch and praised the two institutions for offering free treatment of the eyes in the three days. She said the pair has been in the forefront in implementing the National Strategic Eye Saving Plan (2018-2022) which ends next year.
The CCBRT chief executive officer, Brenda Msangi, called on Dar es Salaam residents to make most of the initiative and save their eyes. The two institutions, she explained, have a strong partnership, adding that in this year alone 300 patients had benefited from the partnership. She said the three-day eye screening initiative sought to popularise their partnership, give due prominence to eye health and also give due weight to the international day of the eyes that will be marked on Thursday . The day is annually marked on October 14.
Msangi said CCBRT hospital attends to approximately 64,000 eye patients and shares its accumulated experience with institutions it collaborates with. In Dar es Salaam Region alone, she explained, the CCBRT is working together with 23 state health facilities to promote health and train workers in a project that was launched in 2010.
The Chief Medical Officer of the Police Kilwa road hospital, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mabula Kawala said the force is exploring other areas of cooperation with the CCBRT.
“We have had a very successful partnership with the CCBRT. We have reached many patients with eye problems and save people from blindness. We think it is appropriate to extend cooperation to other areas of health,” he said. He encouraged Dar es Salaam residents to visit the hospital for eye screening at a designated camp.