Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) Optometry clinic was officially opened on 6 November 2020 by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe His Excellency E.D Mnangagwa, who is Chancellor of the university. The president of Zimbabwe described the optometry clinic as the first of its kind within a university in the country and hoped that it will improve access to specialized eye care and applicable visual services for communities, adding that it was an intervention towards inclusive health service delivery.
The President of Zimbabwe assured his government’s support for the industrial production of affordable eye lenses and frames after highlighting that universities were key drivers of the government’s modernisation, industrialisation, and overall economic growth.
“Universities must accelerate their response to the country’s development priorities, through combined provision of higher education, ongoing skills training, and bustling research that produces inventions, new technologies to improve the plight of our people,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa also stressed the need for co-operation .” Riding on our country’s engagement and re-engagement policy framework, the university is urged to carry on pursuing skills transfer and adoption of appropriate technologies to improve the plight of our people”, said President Mnangagwa.
” I encourage clinic management to nurture strategic and collaborative partnerships in undertaking clinical research on optometry services and other health conditions”, said President Mnangagwa
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said Zimbabwe’s future was bright given the innovations championed by institutions of higher learning and consistent with the leadership of President Mnangagwa, in the attainment of vision 2030 of an upper-middle-income economy.
Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Monica Mavhunga said the achievement registered by BUSE is not only good for the province but for the entire country.
Zimbabwe Optometric Association (ZOA) and the African Council of Optometry (AFCO) representatives expressed gratitude for the strides taken so far by BUSE in procuring equipment and establishing the optometry clinic. “We are so impressed by the progress made and the new clinic that is well equipped for the benefit of the students and patients”, said ZOA Vice President, Ms. Fadzai Chiriyo.
BUSE programs of Optometry started in February 2018 and the first intake is now in the third year.