80 people have regained sight after undergoing cataract operation in Akon, Warrap and nine hundred more missed the treatment.
James Madhang Wieu is the Payam Executive Director in Akon. He says eye specialists’ doctors from Egypt spent two days in the area and they manage to operate few people and majority of them missed because of limited time for the doctors.
Wieu said that they registered one thousand and thirty-six patients with eye problem that need to be operation.
The symptoms of eye cataract include shortsightedness to the older people, changes of eye color and poor sighted at night.
Cataract is ‘a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision’.
The governor of Warrap state, Hon. Bona Panek apologized to those who missed the eye operation. Saying that things did not go as planned but promised to try to bring them next year.
He attributed the issue to poor coordination of which transports arrangements for many patients did not reached them on time.
Some of the patients who spoke to Mayardit FM said the transport arrangement was not well coordinated and many of them were stranded at various pick up locations.
The eye operation was one of the initiative sponsored by the first lady Ayen Kiir Mayardit to provide free eye treatment to nearly thousand people from greater Bahr el Ghazal region and Abyei. Seven hundred patients were treated in Akon Payam in Warrap state.