By: Mac Eric Freeman
The Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Samaritan’s Purse and the New Sight Eye Center said on Tuesday, July 7, it has launched a free Eye Surgical Operation at the J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in Harper, Maryland County.
MoH Director of Communication said the eye surgical operation is aimed at restoring better eyesight to visually impaired people residing in the county and its environs. The operation which is funded by Samaritan’s Purse and implemented by New Sight Eye Center will run from July 7-11, 2020.
Director Felecia Gbesioh also disclosed that the operation seeks to address situations ranging from Cataracts (cataracts—a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision) to Nearly Visual Impaired Individuals.
Samaritan’s Purse Program Coordinator on Health, Mrs. Yassa M. Darwolo, said the free surgical operation is her organization’s way of contributing to the rebuilding processes of the Country’s Health Sector. She named Lofa, Gbarpolu, and Rivercess Counties as places that over hundreds of residents regained their sights through the initiative.
Mrs. Darwolo also used the occasion to call on residents of the county and its environs to turn out in their numbers in order to undergo a free surgical operation. She also lauded the government of Liberia and partners for the unwavering support being given since the inception of the program.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of the J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Julia Natt Doe, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Health lauded Samaritan’s Purse and New Sight Eye Center for selecting Maryland county as one of the beneficiary counties and expressed willingness to ensure that the project is implemented in the county.
“I am overwhelmed and inspired by your presence in my county, and we are willing to work with you in order to see patients, who over the period have suffered the effects of cataracts and blindness, can regain their sights,” she said.