Ophthalmic equipment for Burkina Faso's National University Hospital

New batch of medical equipment delivered - by Emmanuel Kansié
Country Representative Elie Bagbila presents a microscope to Robert Sangaré of National University Hospital Yalgado Ouédraogo. Credit: Light for the World

In order to contribute to improving access to quality eye care in Burkina Faso, Light for the World delivered an important batch of medical equipment at the National University Hospital Yalgado Ouédraogo. At a total cost of CFA 60 million, the equipment consists of slit lamps and their accessories, operating microscopes, pharmaceutical consumables, spare parts, equipment for the ophthalmic operating theater, etc. 

A donation ceremony at the hospital was attended the Director General of the hospital, the heads of services, the majors and the some students in ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology needs high quality equipment

"This equipment will allow us to meet the very high demand for ophthalmology while combining training and eye care ", Robert Sangaré, the hospitals General Director, states.  "Ophthalmology is a discipline that requires high quality material to better manage patients. As ophthalmic students, we are delighted because it will improve our training and also the quality of our services for the benefit of patients", ophthalmologist-in-training Dr Serge Lollo added.

According to Pr. Nounfounikoun Meda, head of the Ophthalmology Department of the hospital, the need for equipment in ophthalmology was immense. “Eye surgery is microsurgery that is to say that we operate on a microscope. And the only microscope we had, had not been in working order for more than 3 years. In addition, we have students in training and lacking quality material. This gift really meets our needs and students are eager to install the devices even today. And the effect will be felt in the services in the days to come" he explained.

Renewed cooperation

Light for the World has been supporting the National Hospital of Burkina Faso since 2011. Last week's delivery was the second time that the organisation supplied this Health Centre with equipment in cooperation with L'Occitane Foundation. The National Representative, Elie Bagbila welcomed the relaunch of the partnership between the two structures and invited the beneficiaries to use the equipment and consumables efficiently.