A K100 million kwacha eye clinic in Mzimba district is not yet operational months after completion, reportedly due to “some technicalities,” Nyasa Times has established.
The facility, built with funding from Lions Club Norway, is supposed to be helping over one thousand plus people around Mzimba most of who are vulnerable to cataracts.
Cataracts is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision.
Mzimba district hospital spokesperson Raymond Kabaghe while admitting the non-functionality of the eye facility, said about 800 people were still benefitting for minor problems.
“Only big cases are being referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital,” said Kabaghe.
According to Kabaghe, lack of personnel, medical kit are some of the problems that are being faced. “There can’t be serious operations without these,” he said, adding that the clinic has also not been fumigated yet.
Mzuzu Central Hospital is the only with an established eye Centre in the northern region, and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) is the only college in the country offering graduate degrees in optometry studies.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :