Kingston Hospital doctors to give the gift of sight in Bangladesh

Monday 20 November 2017

Two doctors from Kingston Hospital will travel to Bangladesh again to perform life changing surgery on up to 150 Bangladeshi people in one week from 3rd November, funded by Global Aid Trust charity.

Royal Eye Unit Clinical Director Mr Hooman Sherafat, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmologist Dr Ziaul Haque will travel to Bangladesh this month to perform cataract surgery on some of the poorest people in the country who do not have access to medical facilities.

Mr Sherafat says that the majority of cataracts they will operate on, will be so advanced that the patients will often be registrable as blind.

Mr Sherafat said: “Cataracts are the number one cause of reversible blindness in the world. The Bangladeshi people will come with such high hopes and fortunately in most cases we will be able to give them back useful vision. This is a life changing experience for these people,” he said.

Mr Sherafat is well accustomed to this sort of charity work, using part of his annual leave allowance and personally funding his travel expenses, having previously travelled to countries such as Burma, Ghana & Bangladesh, to carry out such life changing procedures.

As a director of Global Aid Trust, who are coordinating and funding the trip, Dr Haque, who was born in Bangladesh, will be travelling to the country a week prior to Mr Sherafat to begin transporting rural patients to the Glaucoma Research and Eye Hospital, where the operations will take place.

Dr Haque said: “Over 80% of the patients we will operate on live in very rural areas, with no access to medical facilities. Global Aid Trust funds the instrumentation, consumables and facilities used for the operations as well as patient transport, medications and post-operative care and shelter. The more money we can raise, the greater the number of operations we can perform.”

Dr Haque has also been back to Bangladesh twice before to arrange cataract operations with Bangladeshi consultants as part of his work for Global Aid Trust.

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