Mloganzila eye surgery camp to bring hope for patients

DAR ES SALAAM: IN a bid to address critical eye health issues, the Muhimbili National Hospital’s (MNH) Mloganzila branch has announced a corrective eye surgery camp in collaboration with specialist from Sudan.

The five-day camp is scheduled to commence from March 11th to 15th this year will address a variety of eye ailments.

An Ophthalmologist from MNH-Mloganzila Dr Audrey Mwashilemo, highlighted the scope of the surgery camp, including conditions such as tumours affecting the areas surrounding the eyes, squints in adults, diverse eye injuries (including those caused by fire), and conditions where eyelids fail to open properly.

“This initiative marks a significant milestone for our hospital as we pioneer this service in collaboration with Dr Nabila Elyas, who boasts of over 30 years of experience in providing these specialised services. Dr Elyas’ expertise promises to restore smiles to individuals, who have endured these challenges for an extended period,” remarked Dr Audrey.

Dr Audrey urged individuals facing such challenges and in need of the service to present themselves at Mloganzila hospital for early assessment and preliminary tests.

This presurgery assessment phase will commence on March 1, 2024, paving the way for surgeries to commence on March 11, 2024. MNH-Mloganzila has been at the forefront of providing state-of-the-art treatments for ailments that were previously inaccessible within the country’s borders.

This endeavour aims to curtail the necessity for patients to seek treatment abroad. Among the notable services offered by the hospital are weight loss interventions such as the intragastric balloon and bariatric surgery, along with innovative medical procedures like kidney transplants using minimally invasive techniques and brain tumour removal via small incisions.

She said the upcoming eye surgery camp represents a beacon of hope for patients grappling with debilitating eye conditions in Tanzania.

With the expertise of Dr Elyas and the healthcare professionals at MNH-Mloganzila, the initiative promises to significantly enhance access to critical eye care services, ultimately improving the quality of life for countless individuals across the nation.

In 2021, global leaders unanimously adopted the UN ‘Vision for Everyone’ resolution, which explicitly links eye health to all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently Tanzania has 84 Ophthalmologists while the demand stands at 271 and Assistant Medical Officer in Ophthalmologist (AMOOs) are 86 against the demand of 564.

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