A local man in the village of Nakole had suggested that ophthalmic nurse Mr Ndalela call on her, hopeful that he would be able to restore her sight.
Sadly, though, Namakau is irreversibly blind. She is one of 1.9 million people who are visually impaired or have lost their sight because of trachoma. What makes Namakau’s story all the more tragic is that trachoma is preventable and treatable if caught in time.
Mr Ndalela thinks it is likely that she contracted the disease decades ago and it developed into trichiasis, a severe form of trachoma. Over the years, the painful infection caused her eyelashes to turn inwards so that with every blink they scratched her corneas. Eventually, she went blind.