JCI Takes Eye Care Campaign to Mabutsane

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Jwaneng branch, in partnership with Eye Care Optometrists, embarked on a campaign for eye care at Mabutsane in Southern District over the weekend.

Named Dare Eye Care, the campaign was intended to sensitise Maiteko Junior Secondary School students on how to take care of their eyes as well as conduct free eye tests on the spot.

Speaking at the event, the Jwaneng Mine Hospital chief medical officer Dr Mwamba Nsebula emphasised the need for various organisations to play a role in community projects like the eye care project. He said the government alone could not manage to arrest all the national challenges without the input of other organisations.

Dr Nsebula noted that as one of the major contributors to Botswana’s economy, Debswana Jwaneng mine was proud to play a role in creating awareness through partnerships with non-governmental organisations such as the JCI.

“It does this by working closely with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to make a significant impact in various communities of Botswana and this shows acknowledgement of general social needs,” he said.

He said NGOs such as the JCI needed all the support because they played an important role of overcoming challenges that could be faced by the government since they had the ability to act quickly on such matters.

He said through this particular project, JCI Jwaneng was part of a global network which sought to create a positive change in the Mabutsane area by sensitising the public about the importance of eye care.

He said the project would add to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Vision 2020 of eliminating blindness by the year 2020.

“The organization is driven by core strategies of facilitating the implementation of specific programmes to control and treat major causes of blindness, supporting training of Ophthalmologists and other eye care personnel to provide eye care, and assisting to improve infrastructure and technology to make eye care more available and accessible,” he noted.

Moreover, Dr Nsebula said the JCI project also contributed to Botswana’s pillar of a Compassionate, Just and Caring Nation by 2016.

Speaking on behalf of JCI Jwaneng, the project coordinator Mr Gedion Setswalo noted that the campaign came about after realising that young people did not get enough education on eye care. He said some of the young people were faced with eye challenges but due to lack of education incidents of blindness were increasing.

He said they intended to target other areas in the future after assessing how the pilot project was doing.

For her part, Ms Gosego Ngwaigwa of Eye Care Optometrists urged attendants to take proper care of their eyes to avoid blindness. She said since Botswana climate was generally hot and dry, it was aisable that people wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from g sun rays.

She said people should avoid things that could cause allergic reactions because they also had a negative impact on eyes.

Moreover, she said if eye spectacles were recommended, the patient should wear them irrespective of their age to avoid long term problems, or worse, total blindness.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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