Scott bemoans impact of blindness on lives

VICE-President Dr Guy Scott says the impact of blindness on the poor is devastating.

Speaking when he officially opened the Lewanika General Hospital Eye Clinic yesterday, Vice-President Scott said an estimated 1,500 people were blind in Zambia.

“80 per cent of people have visual impairment which is reversible and there are about 314 million people worldwide with impaired vision,” said Vice-President Scott.

He said there was need to turn the eye clinic department into a centre of excellence.

Vice-President Scott said the construction of the eye clinic by the Lion Aid of Norway was symbolic that the two countries relationship had been resuscitated.

He urged the people of Mongu to take all the old people with eye problems to the clinic.

And health minister Dr Joseph Kasonde said the opening of the clinic was the beginning of the strengthening of specialist services across the country.