Kenya celebrates World Sight Day 2018.


Kenya celebrates World Sight Day 2018


Nairobi, KENYA October 11, 2018 – Every year, on the second Thursday in October, Kenya celebrates the World Sight Day to increase awareness of the global issue of avoidable blindness and vision loss.


This year’s event was marked today at Uhuru Park, Nairobi with a free eye check-up to celebrate 15 years of partnership with the Standard Chartered Bank in supporting the Ministry of Health work in eye health. This year’s action plan is deliver Eye Care Everywhere.


During the event, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Sicily Kariuki who was represented by the Head of Ophthalmic Services, Dr. Micheal Gichangi said the Ministry of Health will provide leadership and an enabling environment to see the realization of the Universal Eye health.


The CS noted that Kenya has about a quarter million persons who are blind and out of the 9 million, only one million are able to access eye care services due to a myriad of challenges, associated with weak and uncoordinated health systems and processes.


“As we reflect on milestones that we have achieved, in this partnership we need to understand the need for a coordinated investment into the health systems for purposes of efficiency,” she said.


She revealed that the Ministry of Health is in the final stage of developing the Health sector strategic and investment plan. “We are looking at different ways of increasing the workforce, increasing uptake of service, optimizing utilization of existing resources like infrastructure, equipment and technology and different implementation models with the aim of improving performance,” she noted.

The CS acknowledged the effort of the private sector in delivery of health services and thanked Christofel Blinden Mission (SCB) for raising funds through the Nairobi Marathon to support eye health in the country.


“SCB through other partners has facilitated reconstruction and equipment of various eye health clinics and comprehensive units like Iten, Kitale, Huruma (Uasin Gishu), Kapsabet, and recently the Kerugoya Hospital eye clinic among others,” she noted.”


She observed that through partnerships the ministry will be able to deliver Eye Care Everywhere, which is the call for this year’s world sight day


The CS also appealed to the members of public in counties where the facilities are located, to utilize them maximum.