For the last 30 years, The Rotary Club of Nairobi has been holding free eye camps to curb rural blindness under the KENYA RURAL BLINDNESS ERADICATION PROJECT. Dr. Mukesh Joshi (honorary Rotary Ophthalmologist) and his team have performed more than 17,000 free cataract operations in the last three decades under his initiative.
A similar eye camp was recently held on the 26th – 28th April 2019 at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital. Rotarian President Salim Fazal and Rotarian Nelson Mburu accompanied Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi and team to the camp. 260 cataract surgeries were successfully carried out, marking the highest number of operations that have been carried out in a day. The eye camp attracted patients from Ahero, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Kapsabet, Kisumu, and Kendu Bay.
The Rotary Club of Nairobi is grateful for the support of Dr. Rosemary Obara (Cabinet Secretary of Health – Kisumu) and Dr. Okoth (CEO, Oginga Odinga Institute). The project would not have been possible without the support of The Jalaram School and its members (Chairman – Mr. Vinod Patel, former chairman – Mr. Vijay Patel and Principal – Mrs. Prabhu) where all the patients were accommodated. The Rotary club of Nairobi is most grateful to Mr. Jayant Patel (Foam Mattresses, Kisumu) for providing mattresses for the patients this year and in the past. Transport for operated patients was provided at no cost, courtesy of Easy Coach. Ms. Alia Mohammed, Ms. Peris Muthoni and Mrs. Mira Joshi also played a key role in making this camp a success.