By Makuwa Felicia
The Gauteng MEC for Health and Wellness, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, officially opened the newly renovated Odi District Hospital eye clinic today, the 7th of September. The newly renovated eye clinic is part of a donation from the Onesight EssilorLuxottica foundation.
The CEO of Odi District Hospital, Dr. Avhapfani Musie, said that he is very excited because there are a lot of services that are going to be rendered, rather than just one service. Dr. Musie mentioned that they used to have one big room for the eye unit, and now they had to create several rooms by taking over other rooms from other units. He further stated that they will be operating 8 hours a day, from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and they’re expecting to see almost 60 patients this month.
“We sponsored Odi District Hospital with necessary equipment, including a retinoscope and ophthalmoscope, among others, for the eye clinic to be functional. We are going to supply the hospital with free spectacles for a period of six months, free of charge,” said Basetsana Maswanganyi, the program manager of Onesight Foundation.
MEC for Health and Wellness, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, said that it is a great day of significance and celebration as they meet for the opening of the Odi eye clinic, and it fills her heart with immense joy, marking the beginning of a new era in healthcare in the community. Nomantu said that the clinic represents a symbol of hope and compassion and a promise for a brighter future. She added that this is the moment that grounds them and reminds them of what matters.
“Odi eye clinic is about giving our children the gift of sight that allows them to dream without limitations. We thank you, Onesight Foundation, for opening the doors that were closed and making people smile in the community,” said MEC for Health and Wellness.