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Australian organization launches a free eye treatment programme

An Australian organization, Fred Hollow Foundation, has in partnership with Tharaka Nithi County Government, launched a free eye treatment programme at Chuka Referral hospital to help eye patients.

The five days programme which started Monday mainly targeted people suffering from cataract; a medical condition where the eye lens becomes progressively opaque resulting in blurred vision or blindness.

Speaking at Chuka Referral hospital, Marimanti hospital optician who was leading the exercise, Dr Hellen Nyambura Kirubi, said they targeted to treat a minimum of 300 patients with 120 already treated as of Wednesday.

Dr Kirubi stressed the need to maintain a healthy diet, physical fitness and eye protection to keep the disease at bay.

The optician cautioned those who buy non-prescribed over-the-counter drugs when unwell, warning that such self-medication could cause cataract and many more diseases. “You should always see a doctor for a checkup when you feel sick,” she advised.

She explained that a minimum 20 second break should be taken after exposure to screen light for more than 20 minutes.

Dr Kirubi urged those suffering from eye illnesses to visit Chuka hospital to benefit from free medication.

A Foundation official, Stephen Wekesa, said they will work with the government to ensure better eye services in the country.

Joel Njeru from Mitheru ward who benefited from the exercise advised all those with eye problems to take advantage of the camp as well.

By Mark Muiruri

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