Over 500 people to benefit from eye care surgical camp in Jonglei

Over 500 people to benefit from eye care surgical camp in Jonglei
Officials and partners posed for group photo during the launching of the eye treatment project for Greater Jonglei state[photo: courtesy]

The government, in collaboration with the Carter Center launched a two-week eye care campaign targeting more than 500 vulnerable people in greater Jonglei.

The initiative would encompass setting up peace health camps in Bor, Jonglei State, where people from different communities across the state will get eye treatment.

The Trichiasis and Cataract Surgical Camp in Jonglei State will commence on December 14 and last for 13 days.

Addressing the participants during the launch of the eye car campaigns for greater Jonglei on Friday, Jim Niquette, the Country Director for Carter Centre, said the peace health campaign intended to be opened in Jonglei would treat people with eye infections, carry out surgeries as well as strengthen and cement relations among people in Jonglei.

He added that the first camp would be set up in Jonglei State, Bor, where patients with eye treatment would be treated.

“We are expecting about 500 by sending supply about seven hundred,” Jim said.

He added that the Carter Centre is committed to ensuring that people are helped to embrace peace.

The Minister of Information, Communication, Technology, and Postal Service, Michael Makuei Lueth, said the eye treatment projects remain important as many people become blind and need treatment.

“This project is very important for our people. You know very well that our people have been suffering a lot from blindness, and as such, we need to save them; we need to rescue them,” Makuei said.

However, Dr. Kenneth Lino, former chairperson of the Ophthalmology Association of South Sudan (OASS), said that the medical team is targeting helping more than five hundred people.

He said that cases of blindness are high in remote areas, adding that there is a need to put more effort into helping them.

Abraham Bair Chairperson of Jonglei Caucus in the National Assembly expressed willingness to support the initiative, citing that it is a vital project that would help the people in the area.

He added that the members of parliament would continue to inform the residents in Jonglei to turn up and be treated.