7, 000 People in Mulanje are Blind - Survey
A recent survey conducted by Mulanje Mission Hospital has revealed that about 7, 000 people in Mulanje district are blind. This is over one percent of the district’s population.
Medical Director of Mulanje Mission Hospital Dr. Arie Glas told Zodiak Online on Thursday that most cases emanate from cataracts which can easily be treated through a simple surgery.
“People in Mulanje and neighboring districts can come and access optometry services at our eye clinic and they will be assisted by both Malawian Optometry Technicians and expatriate surgeons,” said Dr. Glas.
The hospital’s Optometry Technician Oscar Msowoya said at the eye clinic, they assist between 10 and 20 patients per day but he said they have the capacity of attending to over 70 patients in a day.
“With the sophisticated equipment we procured recently, we are no longer referring any case even complicated one to other health facilities like Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre as we used to do previously,” said Msowoya.
He said at the eye clinic, they do retraction, removing foreign bodies from eyes and dispensing of lenses among other services.
Mulanje Mission Hospital which is owned by the Blantyre CCAP Synod serves people from Mulanje and neighboring districts and some from Mozambique.