Screening for free cataract operations kicked off this Friday (today) at Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in the capital.

According to head of unit Dr Boniface Macheka the eye camp seeks to operate at least 600 patients.

The sponsors of the free operations said motivation comes after a realisation that more and more people are turning blind due to lack of resources to seek medical attention.

Cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision and screening for free cataract operation commenced this Friday (today) at Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in the capital.

The screening will continue on the 25th up to the 28th of this month while operating days are from the 25th to the 29th.

Cataract patients applauded the gesture since many who have the condition do not afford the operation.

Head of Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Dr Boniface Macheka who is leading the operations highlighted that the eye camp is meant for cataracts only and aims at operating at least 600 patients.

Deputy regional director Southern Africa, Moosa Mkize the sponsor of the free operations noted that the gesture was inspired by a number of cataract patients turning blind because of lack of money.

The cataract operations are organised by Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in partnership with the International Islamic Relief Organisation of Saudi Arabia.