HARARE – Rio Tinto’s Murowa Diamonds is partnering with leading ophthalmologist Solomon Guramatunhu to bring an Eye Camp to community members in the Mazvihwa area of Zvishavane.
The diamond miner will purchase equipment worth over $20 000 for the eye camp which is to be carried out early in 2014.
Speaking at a ceremony to launch the Eye Camp last week, Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Rio Tinto (Diamonds) managing director, expressed gratitude to Guramatunhu and Eyes for Africa for their act of charity.
“This is a milestone in the health delivery system of this community,” Lieberherr said.
“Such surgery, ladies and gentlemen, is life-changing and will enable the beneficiaries who were previously at a disadvantage to enjoy so many social benefits and also become self-reliant and fully take part in the socio-economic activities in our communities.”
As a business and a concerned neighbour, they were part of the solution to improving the quality of life for communities, he said.
Guramatunhu explained that the surgery takes about 15 minutes and involves the removal of the natural lens of the eye which would have developed some complications and results in loss of transparency of the lens, causing impairment or loss of vision.
During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’ transparency.
The problem of cataracts is usually common among the elderly but there are also a few cases of infants that are born with the condition. Over 90 percent of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate.