Doctors attend to an eye patient at Bentiu Civil Hospital. [© Gurtong]
By Luk Riek Nyak
BENTIU, 05 February 2010 (Gurtong) - The doctors are treating eye patients at Bentiu Civil Hospital following the signing of a contract in Khartoum between the hospital and Greater Nile Petroleum Company (GNPOC) that is based in Heglig oil field.
The week-long exercise commenced on Monday February 1 and targets 2,500 people with eye problems who have been registered by the Unity State Ministry of Health.
The Clinic Supervisor at Makkah Eye Complex Abubada Muktar said his hospital has been actively involved in saving eyesight of all Sudanese, regardless of their geographical location.
“We are committed to that cause and as we speak we have also offered our services in Malakal and Maluth counties in Upper Nile State as well as in Wau County in Western Bahr el Ghazal State”, he said.
The doctors’ services have been paid for by the oil company while the State Ministry of Health is providing logistic support.
The Director General in the State Ministry of Health Dr Keah Nyak Tangoah who received the team at Bentiu airport expressed his gratitude for the exercise, adding that most state residents were suffering owing to lack of eye treatment personnel locally.
The state residents have also welcomed the clinic, saying that “the treatment came at an ideal time as there is no one to save their eyesight”.
“I have been unable to see for the last three years but now I can see and walk alone”, said an elated 42-year-old Nyayian Manyang.
Makkah Eyes Complex is one of the major eye clinics in Northern Sudan and which has been offering its services across the Sudan for many years.