Guramatunhu establishes eye school with Bindura University

RENOWNED eye surgeon, Solomon Guramatunhu, has partnered Bindura University to set up the country’s first school of optometry, which is expected to start operating by year-end.
Guramatunhu announced the plans during the official opening of his new eye clinic in Avondale, Harare on Friday.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

Solomon Guramatunhu
Solomon Guramatunhu

“It is now 37 years after independence and sadly there is still no school of optometry in Zimbabwe, that is why we have partnered with the university to address this issue, with the main goal being nurturing world class eye specialists that are able to serve the nation at large,” he said.

Guramatunhu said the school will start functioning by year-end, emphasising that key areas of improvement were access, manpower and affordability of optometry services.

“Everything is almost in place, as we have already recruited lecturers, some of whom are coming from outside Zimbabwe, and this school is going to increase manpower in the country’s optometry services and consequently address the high prices incurred in acquiring such services,” he said.

Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, in a speech read on his behalf, said the government welcomed such partnerships with private players in aiding the country’s health delivery system.

“The ministry welcomes such partnerships with private players because we are training engineers, accountants but not optometrists and as such this partnership between Guramatunhu and Bindura University is very important in complementing government’s efforts in increasing access to health care,” he said.

Eye services have remained inaccessible and unaffordable to many Zimbabweans, with most optometrists training and getting employed outside the country, leaving many locals in dire need of the service.

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11 Comments

  1. Muchuva Mutiusinazita

    May God bless this man in every endeavor of his life. I advise His Excellency The President of The Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, to consider cutting on costs for his Singapore trips by having his eyes attended to by this Doctor.

    1. makafane malele

      point on Muchava, who cloud believe that zimbabwe has such renowned expects in optometry when our dear president is always in singapore for so called eye expects.

      1. I don’t think the dear leader goes to Singapore for eyes only, unless we want to believe Charamba’s spin. There is no reason whatsoever why he will not consider the services of this distinguished son of the soil, Dr. Guramatunhu. We call upon Prof Mutambara to emulate his fellow citizen, and do something for the country focusing on his area of specialization and leave opposition politics to Morgan Tsvangirai.

  2. Well done chomie you have always impressed me and I believe most zimbos by your professional approach to most challenges. Stay cool

  3. i am very happy for Bindura University Of Science Education. This is good news of us as BUSE students.

  4. Indeed Clyde such noble initiative will go a long in promoting the Buse brand and for the humanitarian cause

  5. Robert Gabriel Matuzvili

    There is a university in Bindura? I guess I am a bit ignorant. But this is a good move by thise son of soil. Ini RGM ndoramba ndichienda kuSingapore coz kune madhiri angu ecash. Plus cancer is ravishing my balls although ndichivhara zvangu kuti maziso.

    1. kkkkk ahhh the fourth ranked University in the country…. BUSe

  6. Well done doctor I was thinking the same line with you everytime i visited optians iam being saved bu fereign tswana origin ladies and i was actual thinking the same your are welcome doctor we need people like doctor Guramatunhu mwana wangu iyeye so briliant.

  7. This won’t help cut Mugabe’s trips to Singapore because he is not going for eye treatment. It’s a cover, we don’t now the his ailment, maybe prostate cancer but can only speculate.

  8. Well done BUSE for taking a lead in Optometry. this is an appreciated move in our endeavors to industrialize and modernize Zimbabwe. Partnering with our own experts is the way to go!
    Matigonera!

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