Lions Aid Norway (LAN) programmes officer for Malawi, Noel Mataya, says eye problems can be eradicated in the country if hospitals are well-stocked with relevant eye treatment drugs.
Mataya made the call in Zomba at the weekend when his organisation handed over assorted eye treatment drugs to Zomba Central Hospital’s eye department to complement its drug bank.
The drugs include hyalurodinase, dexamethasone, viscoelastic, providone iodine, tropicamide, econazole, ciprofloxacin as well as sutures and knives.
He said the donation was in fulfilment of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) his organisation signed with Malawi Government through Ministry of Health to operate in the country’s North and South East Health Zones to provide primary eye care services.
Said Mataya: “Our aim is to develop and implement accessible, affordable and sustainable primary eye care services.”
The facility’s acting head of eye department, Desire Munthali, commended the organisation for the intervention, saying the institution is facing drug shortages.
He said each day they assist an average of 70 patients.
“Most eye problems are curable when diagnosed early enough; hence, we urge people to make frequent medical checkups a habit,” he said. n