A free mass cataract surgery campaign is kicked off at Jimma University’s Ophthalmology Department, which will resume for ten consecutive days.
The cataract surgery campaign is performed by JU Ophthalmology Department in collaboration with Light for the world, Himalayan Cataract and, Fred Hallows Foundation.
The head of the Ophthalmology Department Dr. Jafer Kedir referring to the unpublicized research and said the risk of cataracts in Jimma zone is very high. He added cataract is mainly an age-related health problem and the surgery requires about four thousand birrs for a person.
Jimma University in its generous reception provides transportation for the victims from their woreda to the treatment hub, providing food and turndown (bed) services. It will take them (mainly the poor individuals) back home after the cataract surgery.
The cataract surgery campaign is aimed to treat one thousand people for ten days, whereas early diagnosis, modest surgery, and other treatments are assumed to be given for more than four thousand beneficiaries.
JU president Dr. Jemal Abafita and Health Institute v/president Dr. Elias Ali visited the event and encourage the Ophthalmologists and the beneficiaries.
Jimma University Ophthalmology Department (JUOD) has given cataract treatments several times for the surrounding community for free to cope with the cataract problem.
A cataract is the leading cause of blindness in low-income countries.