Benjamin Mkapa Hospital has received sight impairment equipment worth Sh300 million.
The Latter Days Saints (LDS) Church based in Mombasa, Kenya donated the equipment to the Hospital.
Jesse Hynsaker and Elder Jensen from England accompanied by their wives were present at the event
Mr Hynsaker who is an optician, after donating the medical equipment, said the equipment money was raised in their church without involving external sources.
He added that the decision was made to help the Tanzanian government’s effort to construct Dodoma state of the art hospital.
“I’m an optician as well and I have been practising the profession for a long time. I chose to become an optician to be in a better position of serving people with regards to eye problems,” he said.
Mr Keissy Shija, the hospitals acting director, besides thanking the donors, said the equipment would help them accommodate many patients from all parts of the country.
He said about 80 percent of the patients with visual impairment could escape the total loss of sight upon receiving better treatment with modern machines.
So far the hospital has received about 5,000 patients with severe visual impairment from Dodoma since the optic department was launched.
“These statistics show that a large number of people are suffering from visual impairment. So, the medical equipment helps us attend to a lot of patients with visual impairment,” he said.
Salome Kasanga, Director of Nursing said they were still in short of medical equipment at the hospital so they needed more support to enable them to meet their targets.
“Although we have enough experts at the optic department, there is a shortage in other departments and divisions,” she explained.