The Inauguration of an Eye Clinic: Through the Eyes of Ilauda
Ilauda is a resident of Beira and a hardworking Country Officer for Light for the World in Mozambique. She met the victims of Cyclone Idai and captured their stories. This time Ilauda has some exciting feedback for us regarding the opening of the largest infrastructure of the ophthalmology public service in Mozambique. Read her first-hand account below as she shares with us what it was like to attend this special event.
A great victory!
This is how the eye unit, officially inaugurated August 30th, 2019 in the heart of Beira, is described by the people five years after the commencement of the construction process.
The unit is a brand-new construction, funded by Light for the World through its donor the Invicta Foundation.
A mixture of many expectations and smiles kicked off the celebration which began with a traditional ceremony of recognition from the local authorities in front of the majestic infrastructure.
Colorful clothes, smiling patients, euphoric doctors… a very different scenario not commonly seen in any hospital. Many were eager to get to know the space for themselves. This new eye unit is already considered by many to be the largest infrastructure of the ophthalmology public service in the country considering its size and equipment.
The opening ceremony was led by the Governor of Sofala, Alberto Mondlane, who spared no praise and gratitude in his speech. He made the importance of this infrastructure very clear. Using the words of the provincial leader, ‘this unit has big importance as it will help to improve the eye care services and help to avoid preventable blindness in the country. It will play an integral part in combating diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma among others.
The Ophthalmologists at Beira Central Hospital reiterated the impact of this unit which will not only support Sofala province, but also the provinces of Tete, Manica, and Zambézia.
Marta dos Santos is the mother of the little Cristina, who has been hospitalized for almost two days in the unit, due to ocular disease. Coming from Caia, (a district almost 400 km far from Beira) Marta explained that there has been an increase in the medical staff to support and take care of the patients. It’s a true victory in her opinion.
Many themes were touched upon in the event, such as the government, politics, and academics. The Mozambican journalists were deeply involved in covering the ceremony, focusing on the impact this new eye unit will have on the lives of the population.