Residents of Gucha Sub County registered with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Thursday benefited from a free eye checkup offered by Kisii Eye Hospital.
Ms. Jane Moraa, 65 told KNA that she does not know which facility offers the best eye treatment within Gucha and this has hindered her from accessing correct treatment services for her eyes yet she has an NHIF card.
For the past five years I’m not able to read or look at bright surfaces and I only see blurred images of objects which are about 500metres and beyond and when I heard that there is going to be a free eye check up for those who have NHIF cards, I decided to come so that doctors can diagnose what is ailing my eyes, Ms. Moraa said.
Another beneficiary, Reuben Onderi, told KNA that though he has changed his spectacles three times his eye’s problem still persists.
My eyes ache and are very itchy when the weather is sunny and they remain watery during cold weather and this situation has made me strain seeing when I’m walking outside on sunny days reading on bright light, Mr. Onderi said.
He had come for the free eye check up offered by Kisii Eye Hospital and see whether they can prescribe a different medication other than the one he has been using in the past.
Dr. Dancan Kiage, in charge of the hospital told KNA during an interview that most members of the public do not take regular eye checkup or treatment seriously and only go to hospital when they have unbearable eye pains or disease has blinded them.
It is through our monthly free eye check outreach programmes that we undertake in various places in Kisii and Transmara to both those registered with NHIF and those that are not that we get to assist very many people with eye ailments because they turn up in large numbers unlike when we offer the same services from our premises in Kisii town, Dr. Kiage explained.
We discourage people from waiting till the last minute when their ailments have reached the most advanced stage to seek for medication a time when even doctors cannot salvage the situation because this is a trend that is to a large extent contributing to most deaths in majority of Kenyans suffering from non communicable diseases, Kiage said.
He urged Gucha residents to make use of their NHIF cards in accessing comprehensive medical check-up annually to know their exact health status and be counseled on healthy living rather than waiting till they are taken ill to visit a health facility.
Source: Kenya News Agency