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Truck Enables Access To Mobile Eye Care Services

  More Fijians in rural areas will be able to have their eyes checked by experts from Fred Hollows Foundation’s Pacific Eye Institute. This was after a prime mover truck
01 Dec 2017 11:00
Truck Enables Access To Mobile Eye Care Services
From left: Mobile Eye Clinic team leader Dr Harris Ansari, FIJI Water CEO Rokoseru Nabalarua, and Executive Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation Andrew Bell during the handover of Prime Mover truck on November 29, 2017. Photo. Lusiana Tuimaisala

 

More Fijians in rural areas will be able to have their eyes checked by experts from Fred Hollows Foundation’s Pacific Eye Institute.

This was after a prime mover truck worth $143,000 was donated to the Institute by the FIJI Water Foundation on Wednesday.

The new prime mover will enable the Mobile Eye Clinic more mobility around Viti Levu and across Vanua Levu serving people in remote areas who are unable to make a trip to the Institute’s Suva office.

FIJI Water chief executive officer Rokoseru Nabalarua said that this was part of the FIJI Water Foundation’s policy of seeking meaningful opportunities to make a difference in health care for the general public.”

The Mobile Eye Clinic was donated and launched by the Fred Hollows Foundation in New Zealand in 2015.

Since 2015 the institute had been hiring the Williams & Gosling Ltd’s prime mover. With the new acquirement they are now able to save cost on hiring. Earlier this year the Fiji WATER Foundation donated a retinal camera to the clinic worth around $50,000.

 

Serving the people

 

Mobile Eye Clinic team leader Dr Harris Ansari, said for this year alone the Clinic has served more than 10,000 people across Fiji and about 590 eye surgeries were done in the Mobile Eye Clinic.

“This donation from the Foundation will be a great boost for the department and will increase the range of services available for Fijian people,” he said

Executive Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation Andrew Bell said the foundation was honoured to be partnering with the FIJI Water Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to provide eye care to rural communities.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj

 

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