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Cataract patients to receive free eye clinic

Kericho County Governor Professor Paul Chepkwony has today launched the eye cataract operation at the Kericho County-level four hospital.

While launching the exercise Chepkwony expressed his gratitude to Kericho Lions Club who managed to sponsor 18 patients to be operated on for free.

“I thank the Kenya Progressive Nurses Association together with Kericho Lions Club who have seen it fit to sponsor the residents of Kericho County with the free eye care, I call upon other stakeholders to emulate them and give back to the society,” said Chepkwony.

Chepkwony further assured the patients that his government has procured state-of-the-art microscopes which cost Sh 20 million which will help in optical diagnosis.

“Our hospital is well equipped with both high-quality optical machines and experienced opticians they have worked tirelessly to ensure that any patient with eye problem is well taken care of,” added Chepkwony.

Kenya Progressive Nurses Association President, Dr. Michael Nyongesa who graced the occasion lauded the exercise which gave less fortunate patients an opportunity to receive the operation considering the most have been affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

“Over the years we have been performing cleft lip operations for free to patients all around Kenya but this year we decided to also provide eye cataract operation and we are privileged to be in Kericho County to do the same,” said Nyongesa.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. It often develops slowly and can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms may include faded colors, blurry vision, and halos around light, trouble with bright lights, and trouble seeing at night.

By Grace Ngige and Byegon Alfric

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