Handing over of the Eye Unit

th of February 2016 at the general Marsabit referral hospital level 5.where the building was built, the day was really colorful and everything was in order as planned. It was a great day and every face that attended the function shines brightly towards that day, why? The question is there, but the answer is there too, so many happy faces showed happiness because finally their dream came true as an eye clinic is finally at home after so many years of struggle. This is a dream come true for them. All thanks to sight savers in partnership with caritas in their effort of making sure that the dream of marsabit people are finally here…. The eye clinic was launched in marsabit general hospital by sight savers and diocese of marsabit led by deputy governor honorable Ali Omar, his lordship bishop kihara, and coordinator of sight savers country wide, madam Elizabeth Owuor oyugi, caritas director Mr. Issacko Jirma, minister of health Honorable Stephen labarakwe and many other dignitaries whom made this day shine for marsabit people. According to the some of the patients suffering visual impariedness .they are very happy in that the suffering is coming to an end due to the opening of the eye unit in their home. The coordinator madam Elizabeth owuor oyugi on behalf of the sight savers and comic relief.thenked all those who helped in finding their time to grace the auspicious occasion. Saying that in sight savers the day marked an important point in their calendar as it is a demonstrator effort toward s elimination of avoidable of blindness and support to people with visual impairment to live independently. She emphasized that the project is a flagship for sight savers. She also clarified that their journey with marsabit began with ministry of health listing of marsabit as a suspected trachoma endemic district alongside seventeen {17} other districts in Kenya. Due to that sight savers raised £700,000{KES 97.3 million equivalent} through comic relief for trachoma intervention in Marsabit County that commenced in 2011. The project had the following five objectives:

  • To reduce the TT backlog of 2,369 amongst adults above fifteen years in marsabit, isiolo and moyale districts by 90% and to maintain TT recurrence below 10% by 2016.
  • To reduce the overall prevalence of active trachoma {TF} in marsabit central, laisamis, and loiyangalani districts in marsabit county from 14.1% amongst children aged 1-9 years to less than 5% by 2016.
  • To improve access to reliable water supply for 21 schools and surrounding communities in one location Gadamoji divison of marsabit central district by 2016.
  Deputy Governor with patients suffering from visual impairedness.
  • To reduce the TT backlog of 2,369 amongst adults above fifteen years in marsabit, isiolo and moyale districts by 90% and to maintain TT recurrence below 10% by 2016.
  • To reduce the overall prevalence of active trachoma {TF} in marsabit central, laisamis, and loiyangalani districts in marsabit county from 14.1%amongst children aged 1-9 years to less than 5% by 2016.
  • To improve access to reliable water supply for 21 schools and surrounding communities in one location gadamoji divison of marsabit central district by 2016.
  • To promote community behavior changes in favour of face-washing, hand-washing and hygienic human waste disposal.
  • To strengthen the capacity for trachoma management at the district and county levels.
-His lordship bishop kihara giving his remarks and speech during the occasion. -Elizabeth owuor oyugi was happy and delighted with the support of the catholic diocese of marsabit that is the sight savers partner on the ground and the ministries of health, water and Education at county level, largerly met its objectives as established by an end term evaluation. The following are the achievements of the project:
  • 1,832 people benefited from TT surgery out of a targeted 2, 132, representing 86% achievement.
  • 327,743 people were treated with antibiotics in Marsabit alone against a targeted 357,086{92% coverage}
  • Rehabilitation of community borehole and connection of water and provision of face and hand-washing vessels in 11 schools in Gadamoji division.
  • Open defecation free campaigns in 11 villages and certification of seven villages as being ODF.
  • Two ministries of health staff {1 ophthalmic nurse and a cataract surgeon} on trained in post-basic ophthalmic work.
  • Twelve eye care workers trained as TT surgeons out of against a target of 10.
  • One Eye-unit constructed at a cost of £57,550 that is approximately {KES 5.8million} and basic equipment and consumables worth KES 5million provided. The equipment include
 
  • Slit lamp microscope with applanationometer
  • Indirect ophthalmoscope
  • Motorized operating table
  • Operating ophthalmic microscope
  • Sterilizer
  • Portable generator
  • 4 cataract surgical sets.
  • Over 30 TT surgical sets, among other things.
The Eye- unit  we are handing over today is operational because it meets the  the three basics  requirements for functionality:
  • Infrastructure
  • Human resource
One critical component however remains a challenge and that is consumable provision .it is our hope that the county health unit will prioritize consumable provision for the Eye-unit so that it  serves the purpose for which it was intended-provide quality eye-health services to our people. In conclusion it was said that without an elaborate implementation of F&E interventions ,the fight is far  from  won .I therefore call upon the county government  to mainstream  F&E interventions in addition to the surgery interventions in the county health plan and budget and other development partners in county to join hands in the fight against trachoma,with a multi –partnership approach and there is   confidence that the war will be won.]]>

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