News - january 2015
eye screening for the fishing community
A recent eye screening for local fisherman sponsored by the South Coast Resident’s Association ( SCRA) was very successful with 98 people attending. 5 came to us for cataract surgery including 1 small boy, 31 needed eye drops and 37 reading glasses were dispensed. These are essential to allow fishermen to see clearly when repairing their nets.
One man urgently needed both glaucoma and cataract surgery, failing which he would have completely lost his sight within a couple of months. This made the whole exercise worthwhile. SCRA representative and trustee of KDEC Luciana said, "These poor people were so grateful that somebody actually cared for them, and I would like thank all our members who contributed towards this eye screening day".
Picture 1 shows Luciana explaining to the fisherman that he had a serious problem. The pressure in his eyes is twice what it should be. He came to the eye centre for urgent surgery to save his sight. His trust in Luciana and all that she has done for our community gave him the courage to have sight saving surgery.
In picture 2 Ali, Shaban's son, tests his eye sight. Shaban is our community based worker for this area and has had cataract surgery following an injury many years before. He suspected that his son had a similar problem and brought him to the screening. Ali, has early cataracts in both eyes.
improving eye care in the community
Following consultative meetings with the Kwale County health Minister, County health director, Sub county health Directors and Medical superintendents, in January the Eye Centre started monthly screenings in the three public hospitals in the County which are Kwale, Kinango and Msambweni Hospitals. This is an important step forward in making eye care more available to the local community.
The public awareness and screenings were carried out by a strong and well qualified KDEC screening team comprising, Lilian Nyaboga OCO (Ophthalmic Clinical Officer), Albert Masua OCO, George Munyoki the nurse in charge, Juma the Community Based Program Coordinator and four of his team and Dr Vivian our ophthalmology student.
With the willing and helpful assistance of the hospital staff, the eye screenings were generally a great success. It was a good beginning, many people turned out and patients with serious eye diseases were identified and referred to KDEC for treatment. Overall at the four hospitals we saw 260 patients, dispensed 143 eye drops and 38 reading glasses. Perhaps more importantly, 25 patients in need of surgery were identified.
Lauren mellows' marathon
In last Month’s news, we told you about Lauren Mellow’s up coming half marathon event in UK to raise funds for KDEC. Lauren asked us to let her sponsors know how she got on.’ Thank you so much for sponsoring me in the Bath Half Marathon. I had such a fantastic day, the atmosphere was amazing and I managed to surprise myself with a time of 1 hour 43 mins! Safe to say I think I'm hooked and will be planning on doing a few more. Thanks to everyone's huge amounts of generosity, I exceeded my fundraising target and the total now stands at £625. £500 of this will provide eye testing, basic eye treatment and protection for the fisherman in the village 100 meters for my uncle’s house in Diani. The balance will go to general eye care at KDEC I am so grateful that you have made this possible.