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On Tuesday 27 January 2015, His Excellency Dr. Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, visited the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI), located in Oback (15km from Nkolbisson), on the Yaounde-Okola highway.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by some 10 Cabinet Ministers and close collaborators.
Dr Akef El-Maghraby, promoter of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute and board chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation had travelled all the way from Saudi Arabia to receive the Prime Minister and his entourage.
Following a guided tour of the hospital, which took 25 minutes, Dr Akef El Maghraby presented the vision and mission of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.
The main objective of the project is to deliver comprehensive, high-quality and affordable subspecialty eye care to all independent of their ability to pay, and to Conduct certified hands on training courses to train and equip the African eye care experts of tomorrow.
The following subspecialties are envisaged: cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, paediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery (vision correction with laser), orbit and oculoplastic surgery and neuro-ophthalmology.
The project is estimated to cost more than CFA 8 billion (US$ 16 million), of which more than CFA 3billion have already been raised. Half of the money so far raised has been donated by Dr Akef Maghraby. The rest has been raised by key partners such as CBM, ORBIS, Seeing is Believing, Prof Daniel Etya’ale and ICO. More than CFA one billion has already been invested in Cameroon towards the construction of MICEI, while CFA one billion has equally been spent on biomedical equipment.
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World AIDS Day
The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 Is ”Getting to zero.” Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.
HIV /AIDS and the Eye
Ocular manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are common.
Up to 70% of persons living with significant immune deficiency due to HIV/AIDS encounter HIV associated eye disorders.
A non exhaustive list of these eye problems can be found below:
– Various infections of the eye (herpes etc.)
– Dry eyes
– Kaposi’s sarcoma
– HIV retinopathy
– CMV retinitis (Cyto-Megalo-Virus)
– Retinal detachment etc.
Every person living with HIV should therefore periodically go for a complete eye and fundus examination by his ophthalmologist.
The following symptoms require a visit to the ophthalmologist as soon as possible:
– sudden blurring or loss of vision
– seeing ‘floaters’
– flashes of bright light
You can check your own eyesight for any distorted, blurred or obscured areas while reading a page of a newspaper.
The best way to prevent serious eye problems is to take HIV treatment to boost your immune system.
The roof of the main building of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute is almost complete. Construction work on the second building, an eye ward to take care of outreach patients coming for cataract surgery, treatment for diabetes and its ocular complications etc. will start this week.
Both buildings have been designed to be child friendly and accessible to people living with various forms of disability.