by Staff writer
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Since June 2022, cataract surgeries have been halted due to the lack of proper equipment.
The Joseph N. France (JNF) General Hospital has issued a notice of a purchased ZEISS OPMI LUMERA 700, a surgical microscope used for cataract surgery and other medical equipment, to restart the service at the hospital.
With the news of the new machine, the hospital will be able to conduct cataract surgeries within a few weeks, according to a release from the Ministry of Health.
The surgical microscope provides outstanding anterior views and precise assistance functions.
The Eye Clinic will also receive a Visuref 150 Autorefractor, a professional instrument that delivers an in-depth assessment of the patient’s condition and conducts cornea and pupil diameter measurements, image capturing, and contact lens base curve measurements.
Additionally, the clinic will receive Multiple Electrosurgery forceps, used routinely in eye surgery to cut, coagulate, dissect, fulgurate, ablate and shrink the tissue.
According to the government information service, EC $784,564 was spent on purchasing much-needed equipment for various sectors within the hospital.