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VOSO Gives Out Free Spectacles, Restores Sight

The Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas (VOSO) from New Zealand recently provided two-weeks free eye aid. 2000 people were seen at the Labasa Hospital. Team leader Ruben Gordon confirmed that his
29 Jul 2017 11:00
VOSO Gives Out Free Spectacles, Restores Sight
The Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas (VOSO) team from New Zealand with some members of the Lions Club at Labasa’s Oriental Retaurant on July 26, 2017. Photo: Peni Drauna

The Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas (VOSO) from New Zealand recently provided two-weeks free eye aid.

2000 people were seen at the Labasa Hospital.

Team leader Ruben Gordon confirmed that his team gave away free eye glasses to all those that turned up for screening while they operated on 20 of them.

The 20 patients underwent sight-saving surgery (cataracts).

“Majority of those that underwent the operation were diabetic and this contributed to their bad eyesight,” Mr Gordon said.

“We cleared their cataracts and those that needed glasses were given one each,” he said.

Mr Gordon said that the majority of those that attended were women.

The oldest patient was 90-years-old and the youngest was nine.

The charitable NZ VOSO team gave free service through the assistance of the Lions Club. Mr Gordon and his team were farewelled on Wednesday night.

Sub divisional Labasa Hospital officer Doctor Francis Vulivuli said VOSO’s assistance is appreciated as they played a big role in restoring sight to the less fortunate.

Lions Club Labasa President Mohammed Riyaz said they were grateful to have the experts in the North.

“Some partially blind and blind were lucky to be checked by the group from New Zealand,” Mr Riyaz said.

The team flies out of Labasa today as they return to NZ tomorrow.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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