PAKWACH. At least 70 patients suffering from cataract in Pakwach district have been transferred to Mulago national referral hospital for free specialized treatment.

This was during two days of mobile clinic exercise organized by Mengo eye specialists which ended on Friday.

The camp attracted a total of 823 patients with different visual impairment. Of the 823 patients,753 were treated successfully and given free eye spectacles.

According to Mr Simon Mugerwa, an optician at Mengo eye clinic, the 70 patients with exceptional cases of cataracts have been referred to Mulago hospital for free operation.

He explained that most of the cataract patients who turned up had earlier used traditional herbs due to the lack of eye services in the district.

"We are impressed with the turn up and we had to turn away some due to health guidelines on covid-19, and we have set those that require operation to get the services. We expect within three days, they should return upon successful operation," he said.

Ms Molly Anena, 73, commended Mengo eye specialists for the free service, arguing that the cost of treatment is normally high for ordinary vulnerable citizens.

Dr Paul Ajal, the Pakwach district health officer pledged that the district health team is ready to follow up the patients upon return.

He said the overwhelmed turn up has necessitated the need for another eye camp but urged the community to support the visually impaired by providing walking canes for them.