Vihiga County Government has opened an eye clinic unit at the county referral hospital in Mbale town.
Governor Dr Wilber Ottichilo said the facility has been equipped with modern equipment and over 20 staff have been trained and certified to provide eye care.
This is the second optics clinic unit after the other one at the Sabatia Eye Hospital in Sabatia Sub County.
Ottichilo said the project has been put in place through a partnership between his administration and the Christian Blind Mission, (CBM, Kenya), Sabatia Eye hospital and the Kenya Society for the Blind (KSFB).
The governor lauded the development partners for their commitment to eye care which is an area that had been neglected for a long time.
He expressed the commitment of his administration to ensuring the promotion of health care services as outlined in the 2023-2027 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP).
The county head asked residents to enroll with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) scheme to enable access treatment without extra charges.
The CBM Global Director Dr Kuresh Babar commended the county government for using the Community Health Workers (CHWs) to provide eye care services.
By Sammy Mwibanda