Sonko unveils mega city project

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The huge project that seeks to reach out to 80,000 Kenyans by 2020 was launched on Tuesday at Mbagathi hospital.

Governor Sonko revealed the new Standard Chartered Bank Diabetes Retinopathy Project through his twitter page.

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.

Patients and the community around Mbagathi hospital were given free eye screening in the program dubbed SeeingIsBelieving.

His twitter post read;

I have officially launched the Standard Chartered Bank Diabetes Retinopathy Project at Mbagathi Hospital, Nairobi. I'm delighted to unveil the project that seeks to reach 80,000 diabetes patients by 2020 to avert cases of blindness among Kenyans.

Standard Chartered’s new project will be the second one this week at Mbagathi hospital. The governor on Monday announced ‘lead surgeons’ from India to carry out kidney transplants set to begin this week.

The governor was quick to inform the public that the Indian doctors are expected to train Kenyan medical practitioners so that they can carry out the operations.

Sonko’s statement angered a section of Kenyans including KTN’s health reporter Dr. Mercy Korir and Secretary General KMPDU Ouma Oluga who believed Kenyan doctors are competent enough to carry out the task.

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