Eye-care team visit hospitals in Western


MORE than 400 patients were treated by an eye care team from the Fred Hollows Foundation at the Tabubil and Kiunga hospitals in Western.
Tabubil had 183 patients and Kiunga 270.
Eye operations were performed on 38 patients in Tabubil and 58 in Kiunga.
Elsie Newei, 51, from Kopiago in Hela and Ruth Eki, 47, of Olsobip village in North Fly, Western, thanked the visiting eye care team for restoring their sights.
“I am so happy and blessed and I see this act of kindness as a miracle for me because I thought I would never see again as both my eyes were affected,” she said.
“But after the operation, I can see clearly.
“Thank you also to Ok Tedi Mining Limited and Tabubil Hospital for making it possible for the eye care team to come here to Tabubil and treat people with eye problems and helping them to see again.”
Both mothers were among Tabubil women, children, and employees of OTML and the contractor treated by the team.
Tabubil Hospital administrator Margareth Samei said many of the patients seen at the Kiunga Hospital had travelled up from Middle and South Fly to see the eye specialists.
“Many of these patients travelled from the Middle and South Fly and waited with relatives in Kiunga for the FHF eye care team to arrive,” Samei said.

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