Nov 19, 2008, 6:55 AM
As part of the celebrations marking World Sight Day, slated for 8 October 2009, Standard Chartered Bank The Gambia, in collaboration with Sheikh Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre, yesterday commenced a three-day countrywide eye cataract operations at major health facilities in the country.
Speaking in an interview with this paper, Sajor Kanyi, the Administrator of Sheikh Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre, said two hundred patients are expected to be operated in the exercise, including women and children. He noted that the event is mainly funded by Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd, adding that operation is free of charge for those who were screened prior to the commencement of the operations.
Mr. Kanyi said his centre will operate 50 patients, while similar operations will also take place at Essau, Farafenni, Basse, Brikama Ba, Soma and Brikama.
He pointed out that the feeding of the patients during the operations will be handled by the bank.
According to him, global theme for this year's World Sight Day attempts to address the situation of the marginalised group, hence the theme "Gender and Eye Health: Equal Access to Eye Care".
He said cataract is the pacification of the crystalline lens leading to blindness. "It can affect both age groups. The main causes are old age, trauma and secondary to other medical conditions like diabetes," he said.Sajor Ceesay, an Ophthalmic Nurse in-Charge of the ward, where the patients are admitted said the operations were smoothly conducted as, he put it, they did not encounter any problem.