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Over 100 patients get free eye treatment

By Yien Gattuor Mead

At least one hundred and twenty-seven individuals have undergone free eye surgeries at Bentiu IDPs camp.

The free eye camp that commenced on 4th August was organized by Christian Blind Mission with support from Unity State ministry of health department.

Bentiu Hospital Director, Dr. Banen Non told No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper that the health camp focused on treating patients with cataracts and trachoma.

“The patients from various parts of the Bentiu IDP camp, including five sectors, received treatment for cataracts and trachoma.”

Dr. Non expressed gratitude with the free eye treatment camp conducted at Bentiu IDPs camp.

“The Bentiu IDP Community turned up in big numbers here, and today is finally the day for free eye surgeries,” he noted.

The hospital director commended the initiative as a relief and appealed for the extension of the eye camp, saying the weeklong operation brought joy to the people at the IDPs camp.

“Bentiu Hospital is grateful to the doctors and hopes they will continue organizing such camps, as there is significant number of people with eye-related issues here,” he said.

Eye patients, Chomani Chiok Dayiem, who benefited from the free eye treatment, expressed joy about the camp.

“One of my eyes was operated. I have now regained my sight. I am delighted with the success of the free eye camp,” he said.

Dayiem urged the government of Unity State to continue bringing more organizations that can assist community members who have lost their sights.

Meanwhile, a surgeon at Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Dr. Albino Nyibong said about 200 eyes patients were expected to receive treatment but only 127 individuals turned up.

The program takes seven days in Bentiu IDPs camp, and we are done with the program.

“The program in Bentiu Hospital is ongoing and anyone who has eyes conditions can come for operation,” he said.

Dr. Nyibong disclosed that plans are underway within this month to also provide similar eye treatment at Bentiu IDPs and also Riokiah payam.

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