There is hope that over a thousand people with visual impairment as a result of cataracts will have their vision restored courtesy of surgeries sponsored by the Brazilian Government.
This was disclosed by Dr Breno Tavares Nogueira, an eye expert and Honorary Consul Designate of Brazil to Malawi when he met in audience with President Dr Lazarus Chakwera at the Kamuzu Palace.
“We know that Malawi has a great demand for cataract surgeries, so we are donating over a thousand surgeries to try and restore sight to those who lost it,” said Dr Nogueira.
He said a team of experts will be coming to Malawi for eye clinics and cataract surgeries in the next few months and that preparations are at an advanced stage.
Besides the eye clinics, Nogueira also disclosed that Brazil will also help Malawi set up a cataract surgery school to train Malawian doctors and nurses in cataract and eye management.
For her part, Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said President Chakwera has commended Brazil for the gesture saying cataracts are highly prevalent and 80 percent can be treated hence the support has come at the right time.
Brazil is expected to invest over K200 million in the medical support to Malawi.
Reported by Isaac Jali.