Cameroon: 1,500 Patients Benefit From Free Consultation, Surgical Procedures Conducted By BIR Soldiers

The Cameroonian Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) in Kaélé, Far North region of Cameroon, have offered free consultation to 1,500 cataract patients.

The cataract surgery saw the presence of men and women aged between 40 and 85 years old.

Reports say the surgical team led by the rapid intervention battalion (BIR) comprised of two medical colonels who were equipped with a high-end technology equipment.

Administrative authorities headed by the Senior Divisional Officer of the Mayo Kani Division witnessed the process as some 258 patients were operated upon, among which 138 regained their sight and received medications for follow up treatment.

A patient said “I’ve had eye problems for two years now. I couldn’t even see, but thanks to this exercise, I can now walk on my own.”

“Our help does not end at the battlefield. Yes we are on the ground to preserve peace and security, but we also provide medical support to the population. We do not ask for anything in return, it’s free of charge. The population must simply collaborate by helping us with information that can help us keep them safe,” Colonel François Pelene said.

According to Colonel Doctor Nvogo Alain, Health assistant for the coordination of BIR, patients who have been operated on both eyes will be closely monitored until they fully regain their health.

Several persons who came with sad faces returned with smiles after their sight was restored by the medical team.

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