Community Eye Consultation Clinic
Ntabende Primary School and Gwanda Provincial Hospital, Matebeleland South
Zimbabwe Council for the Blind’s main mandate is to compliment the government efforts in the fight against avoidable blindness. ZCfB’s efforts towards this goal are paying off as it is intensifying its activities in various provinces of Zimbabwe.
On the 12th of April 2023, two Council for the Blind teams were headed out to Matebeleland South Province in Zimbabwe. One team was at Ntabende Primary School in Esigodini and the other was at Gwanda Provincial Hospital. The purpose of the visits was to conduct a Community Eye Consultation Clinic.
The Community Eye Consultation Clinic is an outreach that offer the following services:
- Free eye screening
- Eye examination by qualified Ophthalmic nurses
- Prescription and dispensing of medication (if available)
- Referral of complex conditions to the tertiary institution
- Free refraction services
- Prescription of spectacles
- Free eye health education to the populace
Many were already gathered in the early hours of the day as they were awaiting services. All patients who visited the two facilities managed to receive the required treatment and/ referral pathway.
Some of the conditions that were diagnosed include Refractive Error, Glaucoma, Conjunctivitis and Glaucoma. Those that were diagnosed with refractive error were prescribed spectacles, and those with minor non-refractive conditions were prescribed medication. Those with mature Cataracts were booked for surgeries at the tertiary hospital (Richard Morris Hospital), in Bulawayo.
Esigodini area faces quite a number of challenges in terms of accessing Eye care services. The whole catchment area has only one trained Ophthalmic Nurse. He alone cannot service the whole catchment area. Lack of necessary equipment and consumables becomes another barrier to quality eye care services.
These are some of the reasons why Zimbabwe Council for the Blind is intensifying its efforts through conducting such outreaches. Without these outreaches, many people will never receive the much needed eye care services.
A special mention goes to Naadhira Ndukuya, the Associate Director, Africa region from OneSight Foundation, who graced us with her presence all the way from South Africa. She got to appreciate the work that is being done by Zimbabwe Council for the Blind, as well as fostering future partnerships between the two Organizations.
Zimbabwe Council for the Blind continues to work with various partners in order to achieve IAPB’s vision 2030 #2030InSight.