Mathew Owa, 77, a resident of Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district has lived with an eye problem for 20 years.
Lira – December 28, 2021: Lira Regional Referral Hospital was Monday overwhelmed with eye patients from different parts of the Lango sub-region.
The free curative operation launched on Monday is supported by Overseas Pakistanis Global Foundation Africa (OPGFA) in a coalition with Pakistan Association Lira.
Specialists Pakistani Doctors from Pakistan, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) will use the three days of health camp to offer healings and restore sights.
Senior Principal Nursing Officer Judith Nayonyo represented the Hospital Director of Lira Regional Referral Hospital. She expressed excitement towards the eye camp. “We expect excellent services to be offered to the people.”
President and Founder of OPGFA, Sikandar Iftikhar Cheema, said the service they are offering is a gift from the Pakistanis Community to Ugandans.
“With seven doctors we have to work on patients and we are expecting to serve about 500 and above.”
Aisha Bint Abdu a councillor representing Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Lira City East Division told News Reporters she mobilized more than 50 PWDs with eye problems to benefit.
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She applauded the Minister of Health also the Lira City Woman MP, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng for her support and connection.
“Much as Dr. Aceng Ruth has not taken long in Parliament we are already benefiting from her hard work,” she added.
Mathew Owa, 77, a resident of Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district has lived with an eye problem for 20 years. He told News Reporters he wanted to regain back his sight through the operation.
Lawrence Egole, Resident City Commissioner (RCC) of Lira who officially launched the eye camp on behalf of the Chief Guest Minister Aceng, applauded the Pakistan community for their support.
He described the undoing eye camp as “very helpful”.
Egole, however, urged patients not to get scared of getting medical services from the Out-Patients Department (OPD).
The new OPD was commissioned two weeks ago, and RCC said it was built for them (patients).
“The information i got is that people are fearing OPD because it looks executive.”