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Blindness levels worry government


NORTH-WESTERN Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo
NORTH-WESTERN Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo

Northwestern province Permanent Secretary Ephraim Mateyo says government remains committed towards improving eye health care in the country through strong partnerships with stake holders.

Mr Mateyo said government will continue to ensure that good eye health care is availed to all Zambians despite the many challenges .

He said it is saddening to note that many Zambians have continued suffering from preventable blindness.

Mr Mateyo was speaking in Solwezi today in a speech read for him by Solwezi District Commissioner Rosemary Kamalonga during the world Sight day commemorations under the theme “eye care everywhere”

The Permanent Secretary urged members of the public to access eye health services as government endeavors to achieve eye health care goals.

Speaking earlier, North Western Province ORBIS International Zambia Projects Officer, Moffat Shawa said there is need to put in place effective measures to enhance strategies meant to prevent and treat avoidable blindness in Zambia.

Mr Shawa said ORBIS International Zambia will continue working to ensure people in vulnerable communities have access to quality eye health care.

And Provincial Health Director Lawrence Phiri said health projects require that members of the public are fully informed to enable them make informed decisions and appreciate health actions.


  1. We want solutions not problems. That headline should read “Government to act on the rising level of blindness in Zambia” not worry…leave the worrying to the people. The job of a minister is to provide solutions not just uttering nonsense. You need to inform the public how people can access this quality healthcare you are proposing. Is it free? glaucoma is the main cause of blindness, what quality treatment are you proposing to control the scourge of this illness? We know most cases of blindness are preventable but treatment costs are out of reach for most ordinary Zambians. How are you going to fix that?

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