Plans are underway to fully stock and expand the Optometry facility at MMUST. This will go a long way in providing affordable spectacles to students, members of staff and their dependants.
Speaking with a duo of leading Optometrists from Sight Aid International in the UK who paid him a courtesy call in his office on Wednesday, 9th March, 2016, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. FAO Otieno noted that a fully equipped Optometry facility will ease the financial burden that the University bears in ensuring students, staff and their dependants get optical care.
The two Optometrists from Sight Aid International, Britain were on a mission to pursue modalities of partnering with Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. The Team Leader, Peter Howard noted that the MMUST/ Sight Aid International is a win-win partnership that will brand Sight Aid International, help MMUST play its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) role, and most importantly ensure that the communities are reached.
Mr. Howard who was accompanied with his colleague Peter Booth said that during the community outreach open day, patients will be referred to hospital for cataract removal, provided affordable reading glasses and children with sight problems will be treated free of charge. The community outreach which will cover the nine (9) sub-counties within Kakamega County shall be conducted on a monthly basis.
Prof. Otieno who was flanked by Dr. Emmanuel Okenwa, the Chairman, department of Optometry reiterated the university’s commitment of ensuring that students and staff access quality and affordable Optical care.
Mr. Howard said that Sight Aid International will in its first phase of partnership with MMUST build a unit for both clear and photocronic lenses at the Optometry facility. They donated one Viral Infection diagnostic kit and one adjustable/self focusing lenses MMUST, which will help Optometry students to acquire more skills.