Today was a special day at the Moka Eye Hospital as a donation ceremony was organised to celebrate the donation by the Lions Club of Port Louis and the T.E.S. Foundation of an OCT, Optical Coherence Tomography, to the Hospital.
The ceremony took place in presence of the Honourable Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Minister of Health and Quality of Life in Mauritius, Mr Bruno Lebreux, President of the Lions Club of Port Louis, Professor Cyrus Tabatabay, President of T.E.S. Foundation, Dr Hassanjee Dawreeawoo, Consultant in Charge at the Moka Eye Hospital and Mr Bernard Gruson, General Director of the HUG (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève).
In her speech, Mrs S. Hanoomanjee insisted on the the severe problem caused by diabetes in Mauritius. Indeed, 19,3% of the population aged over 30 is diabetic, representing one out of five adults. Diabetes causes damages on the retina that, if not treated, can lead to blindness.
The new technology of the OCT made by Carl Zeiss, providing high-definition images of the different layers of the retina and the macula, will significantly improve the observation and thus, the assessment of the treatment needed and its follow-up. The patients from the Moka Eye Hospital will now benefit from the great help of this new machine.