Diabetic patients, either affected by type I or type II diabetes, are at risk of becoming blind, if awareness and preventive measures are not put in place: they can get different sorts of retinopathies, damage of the optic nerve, or cataract.
That is why we have started a new service in the context of our diabetic clinics: we have agreed with Dr Mingaine, senior ophthalmologist at the Meru Level 5 Hospital, to be coming every month for eye check up of our patients in the same day of the diabetic clinic.
Today it was the first experiment and it was very successful, with 50 clients screened even with fundoscopy through our slit light.
Out of 50 patients visited today, 4 were found with serious eye problems: 3 with retinopathy in need of laser therapy (available, even though expensive, at Maua Methodist Hospital) and one with cataract (operation which Dr Mingaine will be able to do in Meru Hospital).
I am very happy of this collaboration with Dr Mingaine, who helps me feel less isolated here in Chaaria. Sometimes in the past we have got the feeling of being a bit sidelined, ignored or forgotten by the other health institutions.
The monthly presence in Chaaria of a senior consultant from Meru Level 5 Hospital, makes me feel that slowly our visibility is increasing even among the other doctors and not only among the patients who have
always appreciated us.
Even this is a gift of Divine Providence and I praise God for that.
Bro Dr Joseph Gaido