Chinese doctors to carry out cataract operations on 200 patients

Five doctors from China will be carrying out cataract operations on 200 patients in total, targeting towns such as Windhoek and Rundu.

Speaking to The Villager, ophthalmologist Helena Ndume said that the doctors have already started with operations in Windhoek at the Central hospital and will take off to Rundu on Friday.

“Yesterday, we operated 15 while today we targeting 35 and then we go off to Rundu to work on the remaining 160 patients at the Rundu state Hospital. We will be there the whole of next week,” she explained.

The doctor who mentioned that there is a huge need to visit hospitals in other regions as well further confirmed that screenings have already been done by nurses in Rundu.

“These are free operations and people have already been identified. It was supposed to be done in Windhoek only but we saw the need to give a chance to those who would have to travel long distances,” she told this publication.

Apart from changing lives through this cataract operation, she said the doctors have also brought along machines such as the microscope, phaco machine, autoclaves, A/B scan, surgical instruments and keratometers that will be handed over to the hospital.

“I don’t know how many the machines are but they are a lot, some of them have not been opened yet but will be handed over on Friday,” she said.

In 2009, it was reported that clinics in Oshakati, Katima Mulilo, Onandjokwe, in Engela brought in doctors from all over the world to work with her which has brought sight to 924 people.

However, this time around the Chinese doctors coming to Namibia was necessitated by an agreement between the Chinese and the Namibian governments.