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Giving eyesight for Madiba

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Local NGO performs free cataract ops in Leratong Hospital

July 16, 2018 

Staff Reporter 

Pretoria, South Africa: A developmental non-profit organisation called Awqaf South Africa, in association with the local Islamic Medical Association (IMA) and the Pakistani Community of South Africa, is doing a charatabale cause by giving eyesight for Madiba. 

As part of honouring the leagacy of the late Nelson Mandela the NGO will run a Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cataract Camp which will be held at Leratong Hospital, Krugersdorp, from 14 to 18 July 2018.

The organisation has been running the an annual Cataract Project for the past 13 years, and have performed over 5, 200 free cataract operations in South Africa.

The project is coordinated by Dr Shabbir Hussain from the Pakistani community of South Africa.

According to Awqaf SA deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier, their target is to bestow the gift of sight, at no cost, to at least 67 patients by removing their cataracts. The discharge ceremony of the patients will take place on 18 July at 9:30 am at the Leratong Hospital.

The Mandela Cataract Camp is fully sponsored by Awqaf SA. Doctors from the IMA and the Pakistani community provide the medical service, also at no cost. 

According to Collier, more cataract camps will be run in Cape Town, and other rural areas, in the near future.