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At least 50 elderly men and women in Wedza have benefited from free eye cataract surgery provided by Musha Mukadzi Zimbabwe Armed Forces Foundation chaired by Mrs Mary Chiwenga, wife to Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga.

More than 50 others were attended to for various health problems on a health support campaign held last week at Mt St Mary’s Hospital.

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens which is behind the iris and the pupil and results in eyes experiencing a hazy or blurred vision and the operation or the surgery is done to improve eye sight.

Hundreds of people who came to the hospital overnight could be seen jostling and squeezing in long queues to get the first attention.

The campaign, which ran under the theme “Determined to change lives” was targeted at improving the health of Wedza residents, particularly by attending to their eye problems.

It was attended by Chief Svosve and Wedza South legislator Engineer Michael Madanha.

Mrs Chiwenga said initially the charity was meant to benefit members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

She said her desire was to see every Zimbabwean enjoy good health, hence the need to assist underprivileged communities.

“If we look at the rural populace, they do not have vibrant financial sources, so we have decided to launch this programme to alleviate their health problems,” said Mrs Chiwenga.

“Generally, cataract eye operations are very expensive and to people who have poor financial backgrounds like those in rural areas, the fees would cost a beast or two.” In some instances, the charges may go from as much as $500 up to $3 000 depending on the nature of the problem.

Mrs Elizabeth Munangwa, who was operated of a traumatic cataract said the people appreciated the gesture by Mrs Chiwenga.

“Mrs Chiwenga has done something unexpected in this age and time,” she said. “This is surely God’s intervention.”

After the surgical work, Mrs Chiwenga donated some groceries worth thousands of dollars to those who had been treated.

Source : The Herald