Dear friends, hope you are doing good.
As part of Al-Mustafa Welfare Society's Eye Campaign, we organized a Free Eye Camp in the District Jhal Magsi situated in Balochistan, which is considered the most underdeveloped province of Pakistan.
The objectives of this program are to provide:
- Free Cataract Surgeries to the poor and underprivileged people living in the urban and rural areas of the Balochistan region and all over Pakistan who don't have access to affordable eye care services.
- Medical eye care services to eliminate avoidable blindness in underdeveloped areas of the country.
- And create awareness of eye care services for the elimination of blindness.
The campsite was selected with the coordination of the local community and Al-Mustafa Welfare Society's local network. To facilitate the maximum number of beneficiaries, we need to reach out to the maximum number of people. For that purpose, we sought support from the Primary Eye Care Centers in the area, government health institutions, local administration, schools etc for the advertisement and to make the campsite easily assessable for the majority of the patients in the community.
The Eye Camp was conducted for 3 days at the Government General Hospital of District Jhal Magsi from 18th to 20th of March, 2021. A total of 587 patients was examined and 253 Cataract Surgeries were performed during the 3 days of the camp. Patients who required eye care treatment other than cataract surgery were also given necessary treatment and medicines at the same site. All these services were provided completely free of cost.
All cataract patients were operated on using Small Incision Cataract Surgery procedure with Intraocular Lens (IOL) implantation after calculation of IOL power, using biometry.
Operated patients were discharged with required medicines, a pair of sunglasses and counselling for post-operative care. Patients were found satisfied with a better vision. Postoperative follow-ups were done at the same campsite after 1 month by Ophthalmic Assistants of the respective Hospital.
Our team for the Eye Camp consisted of 3 Ophthalmologists and 14 other technical staff. Local volunteers from schools and other social workers also participated.
Apart from Eye Care Services, we also conducted Free Hepatitis-C investigations and the positive cases were referred for further treatment.
Statistical Summary of Jhal Magsi Eye Camp:
- Total Beneficiaries 587
- Total Cataract Surgeries 253
- Total Hepatitis-C Positive 15
We will continue to send you more campsite reports in the coming days.