Free trachoma, cataract surgeries target Kapoeta East

There will be free operations for trachoma and cataract in Kapoeta East, an official with the Carter Center has said.

Cataract is a condition that can affect the eye causing clouding of the lens, a gradual progression of the vision and if not treated may result to vision loss.

While trachoma is a disease of the eyes caused by a bacterial infection that can be easily transmitted from one person to the other and it affects mainly children and mothers.

Trachoma infection can be attributed as a result of lack of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, low availability of water and living in a crowded places.

The activity, which is supported by the Carter Center, will commence in Lolim Boma on Friday next week and will run until September 30, according to Lochebe Boniface, senior programs officer.

“This is actually from the Ministry of Health trachoma control program, with support from the Carter Center and the Himalayan Cataract Project,” Boniface told Singaita on Thursday.

Though the exercise targets those in Kapoeta East County, anyone suffering trachoma or cataract in the neighboring counties can as well get the free service if they travel to Lolim.

He added that the patients should come along with their caretakers, saying food and shelter will be provided for them once they get to the treatment site.