Cataract Surgeries and Vision Camps in Kenya

Cataract surgeries were performed free of cost for a total of 111 patients residing in remote areas of Kenya. The event was organised by the SSIO and the surgeries were performed by the Lions Eye & Blood Centre, which has the required medical personnel and suitable equipment to help the rural population.

The very first Sai Vision Screening Camp was held at Dzitsoni primary school in Kilifi County, Coast Province, on 9th June 2013. Twelve Sathya Sai volunteers and seven staff of the Lions Eye & Blood Centre travelled from Mombasa to Dzitsoni. About 233 people were screened, with 47 patients identified for cataract surgeries.

A second Sai Vision Screening Camp was held at Kakuyuni primary school, Malindi County, Coast Province, on 23rd June. Early in the morning, three Sathya Sai volunteers and seven staff of the Lions Eye & Blood Centre travelled to Kakuyuni, about 110 kms from Mombasa. About 160 patients were screened, and 25 patients were further identified for cataract surgeries.

A 3rd Sai Vision Screening Camp was held on 7th July, at a school in Kaloleni, approximately 57 kms from Mombasa. Three physicians, assisted by clinical officers, set up two classrooms to facilitate the initial vision testing and consultation process. A total of 194 patients were screened, of which 39 were referred for cataract surgery. Transportation to the screening camps was provided for some of the patients.