The Most Modern Eye Clinic in Mozambique Opens
Present at the inauguration ceremony was the Provincial Governor, Health Ministry officials, doctors as well as staff from Light for the World.
The clinic in Beira (Sofala province) is the largest in the country and was built mainly with funds from the Austrian INVICTA Private Foundation. The ceiling and the first-floor ward were severely damaged by Cyclone Idai on March 2019 and could only be formally opened until August. It has been predicted that in this new eye unit approximately 20,000 eye exams and more than 1,600 eye surgeries can be performed per year.
The New Eye Clinic in Beira
The new eye clinic belongs to the Central Hospital of Beira. This cooperation began in January 2019.
"As a result of the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai, the operating room was divided into two and was used for other operations for the Central Hospital of Beira. Many patients who had cataracts or were blind had to wait until the official opening of the eye unit in order to receive treatment"
- Austrian project leader Klaus Minihuber
The two-story building has 20 treatment and examination rooms. In the eye clinic, one can also find four rooms for eyewear production.
More Capacity and Training of Staff
For years, the old eye care department at Beira Central Hospital had been too small to properly accommodate and treat the large number of patients seeking help. The new eye clinic now also offers space for an eye care professional training center.
A shortage of ophthalmologists (especially in rural areas) means eye nurses in small health stations are the only opportunities for some patients to receive professional eye care. Light for the world also promotes the training of these specialized nurses.
Although some forms of blindness can be treated relatively quickly, many patients in remote villages are often not able to afford a trip to the clinic of the provincial capital, thus visits to remote villages will be organized. Ophthalmologist Dr. Med. Abel Polaze will lead the clinic currently comprised of 37 staff members.