Introducing the Retinopathy Screening Project at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

Dr B. Macheka – Head of Department for Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital

Introducing the Retinopathy Screening Project at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

Dr B. Macheka – Head of Department for Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital, Chair-person for the National Prevention of Blindness Committee (NPBC) and Chief Government Ophthalmologist. The Retinopathy screening project is part of the Zimbabwean Reti-nopathy Telemedicine project which was started by Dr Kimbal Woodward together with the Zim-babwe Retinopathy Telemedicine Project (ZRTP).

 

Screening is being done in the main out-patients diabetic clinic at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Currently there are no costs attached to the screening of the patients for Diabetic Retinopathy.
Zimbabwe has an estimated popu-lation of about 1.4million people living with diabetes mellitus and a big number of them are going blind due to lack of screening facilities.

Diabetic patients are benefiting im-mensely from the screening in the sense that those that need treat-ment with laser can then be re-ferred for treatment at Sekuru Ka-guvi Eye Hospital within Parirenyat-wa Group of Hospitals.

In the interim, the patients just pay for registration as Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital patients to access the laser treatment, which is a reasonable fee.
Retinopathy screen-ing has been set up in the Diabetic Clinic in the medical out-patients’ depart-ment and not at Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital. Patients have been referred from the main hospi-tal for eye examina-tion to Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospitalin various clinics that run from Monday to Friday. Those that are found to have diabetic Retinopathy are then offered laser treatment.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a serious blinding condition and the longer one has suffered from Diabetes mellitus the greater the chance they will have complications of Retinopathy and Cataract.

The visit by Dr Kimbal Woodward was very beneficial to Sekuru Ka-guvi Eye Hospital.

This visit has strengthened the Zimbabwe Retinopathy Telemedi-ne Project and facilitated possibili-ties of further cooperation, and Dr Woodward promised to continue reading and reporting on the fun-dus pictures taken from Pariren-yatwa Group of Hospitals’ Diabetic Clinics.

Dr Woodward has also assisted us with sourcing funds for the pro-curement of the laser machine and the Volk Pictor Fundus Cameras in the diabetic clinic at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital offers the full range of Ophthalmological services found at most centres in the world and aims to be a centre of excellence in eye care.

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