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Eye Doctors From China Provide Free Much Needed Surgeries Here

Each of these surgeries would normally cost US$1600 (FJ$3416) The strengthened collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre of Guangdong province from China,
20 Sep 2018 10:00
Eye Doctors From China Provide  Free Much Needed Surgeries Here
Li Xi, Member of the Political Bureau, CPC Central Committee Secretary of the CPC Guangdong (fourth from right), with Assistant Minister for the Health and Medical Services, Alexander O’Connor and the Chinese ophthalmologist’s team at Pacific Eye Institute

Each of these surgeries would normally cost US$1600 (FJ$3416)

The strengthened collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre of Guangdong province from China, has seen a team of Ophthalmologists visiting Fiji last week.

The team conducted 69 cataract eye surgeries for free at the Pacific Eye Institute (PEI)/CWMH Eye Centre. Patients who had received these surgeries have expressed appreciation to the Chinese Ophthalmologist team for their valuable services.

The team, lead by Professor Chen Weirong, who is also vice-director at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, had conducted cataract surgery through a sophisticated method called phacoemulsification, which is currently not available in Fiji.

Each of these surgeries would normally cost US$1600 (FJ$3416).

It is understood that the recovery time after phacoemulsification surgery is much shorter than the locally available methods of surgery.

Ms Weirong and her team has been visiting Fiji and conducting these eye surgeries for free since 2015 and they have travelled to other Pacific Island countries like Samoa to offer similar services.

As part of this year’s visit here, the team also shared their skills and expertise with the local staff at Pacific Eye Institute (PEI).

Ms Weirong was grateful for all the support provided to her team and they look forward to returning here next year to perform more cataract surgeries.

They have also donated some of the consumables and medicines to PEI to assist with eye care treatments. The screenings for the 69 patients who underwent the surgeries have been done by the PEI.

While the team were in the country last week, they also received a visit from a high level delegation led by Mr Li Xi, who is the Member of the Political Bureau, CPC Central Committee Secretary of the CPC Guangdong province.

The delegation was welcomed and received by the Assistant Minister for the Health and Medical Services, Alexander O’Connor at Pacific Eye Institute.

Mr O’Connor, welcomed the Chinese delegation and thanked the Chinese ophthalmologist team for providing the much needed cataract eye surgeries to the Fijian people.

He also pledged Fiji’s continued collaboration with Guangdong province for the strengthened partnership in terms of the development of the health services in Fiji.

Through a formal partnership with our Health Ministry, Guangdong province has significantly assisted towards the development of the Navua Hospital and through the availability of medical specialists.

 

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