The weeklong service that started yesterday is conducted by opticians from the United States (USA) in collaboration with Come and See Rwanda (CASA-Rwanda) organization and Assemblée de Dieu Church.
Frank Murenzi, the Executive Director of CASA-Rwanda has said that Rwanda’s vibrant external relations enabled the availability of these specialists.
“The service is rooted in good relations between Khalvari and churches in Rwanda particularly Come and See Rwanda and Assemblée de Dieu,” he explained.
Some beneficiaries from the program at the outset revealed that it will improve their sight because they had run short of means to access treatment.
“I would not see alphabets well and shade tears sometimes as I read. They have given me glasses that have improved my sight,” said Jean Murekezi.
“I always failed to read the bible in church and I had abandoned using my phone because I couldn’t see well. I am thankful for the support,” said another beneficiary, Patricia Mukamusoni.
Dr. Rodolfo Rudy Sarmiento one of the ophthalmologists said they were motivated to offer such free treatment realizing that eye disease is on the rise around the world leading to vision impairment.
“We found it necessary to provide the treatment. Many Rwandans need eye treatment despite the scarcity of ophthalmologists. We observed the growing demand when we came to Rwanda last year. We chose to provide our contribution in partnership with Christian churches,” he stressed.
A total of 600 residents will attend eye test where some of them will get glasses while 60 others will get eye surgery from the service worth Rwf 50 million.