Free eye checks for school children in NCD, Central

The National,Monday June 20th, 2016

PNG Eye Care Inc, with the help of the US Aid, has so far conducted free eye testing for more than 2094 school children in the National Capital District and Central.
The PNG Eye Care team was at the Waigani Primary School last week to conduct the regular screening of students.
A total of 223 Grade Three students had their eyes tested. Six were referred to the Port Moresby General Hospital for further examination.
School head teacher Moses Modakewau was shocked with the results.
“It is surprising to see that six of the children are referred. Education is vital for children. If they are healthy with good vision, they can complete their grades.”
PNG Eye Care manager Samuel Peter Koim said eye care and treatment were vital.
“Eye is obviously the window to the body. There are more children out there who need to be checked and parents and guardians need to know about the statues of their children’s sights just like any other diseases,” Koim said.
“Our eyes need care and support just like any other parts of the body. We all should make better use of such services that are available at hand.”
The eye testing service is free and Koim encouraged everyone to get their eyes tested at the eye clinic at the Port Moresby General Hospital.