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NZ Eye Specialists To Serve Northern Interiors

Eye doctors from New Zealand will be arriving in July and for the first time, are expected to reach as far as Saqani in Cakaudrove and Nabouwalu in Bua. This
07 May 2017 11:00
NZ Eye Specialists To Serve Northern Interiors
Labasa Lions Club President Imraan Rizwaan. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Eye doctors from New Zealand will be arriving in July and for the first time, are expected to reach as far as Saqani in Cakaudrove and Nabouwalu in Bua.

This would give an opportunity for people in the rural interior areas of the Northern Division to have their eyes examined, receive glasses if they have eyesight problems and even get eye operations, all which will be for free.

This was confirmed by the Lions Club of Labasa president, Mohammed Imraan Rizwaan.

He said: “The team is scheduled to arrive in July and when they come this year, we have scheduled for the team to reach as far as Nabouwalu, Bua and Saqani, Cakaudrove for the first time.

“The main intention is to decentralise their services so people in the rural areas can access what this team has to offer.”

He said an eye specialist team would be in the division for two weeks.

“The first week they would be doing outreach along areas from Coqeloa to Saqani and then the second week, they will attend to areas from Labasa towards Nabouwalu.

“Some of these people cannot come to the hospital, so what we do is that we reach out to them.

“Sometimes they cannot afford to purchase glasses to aid with their sight and some cannot get to the hospital to get their eyes operated on.

“So the services offered by this team coming in from overseas are free of charge, and we want people to see again if their visions are being affected.

“While one of their main intentions is for the eye clinic, other members in the team are here for other diseases and health issues.”

He said they had confirmed upon which villages they would be stopping in to set up their tents at during their tour, which will be announced at a later date.

“Every year we try and widen our coverage so we are able to help people in the outer areas. This team will also be visiting Mali Island in Macuata,” Mr Rizwaan said.

“I am urging people when they do arrive, please make use of their services.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

 josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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