The National, Wednesday July 3rd, 2013
THE Pacific International Hospital last Saturday organised an eye camp for villagers of Porebada, outside Port Moresby.
The village has more than 10,000 people and very little access to health or eye care needs.
“Most of the people depend on fishing and a few of them are now employed on a temporary basis with the liquefied natural gas project,” hospital senior manager business development Anandh Gangadhar said yesterday.
Patient and village councillor Isaiah Heagi was impressed with the service at PIH and wanted it taken to his community.
“Considering his request, PIH has organised this eye camp.
“A team of 10 professionals from PIH reached Porebada village by 9am and checked the eyes of more than 80 people.
“Almost 50% of them were diagnosed with cataracts and few have diabetic retinopathy problem,” Gangadhar said.
He said patients diagnosed with cataracts and diabetic retinopathy were referred to the hospital specialty clinic.
“Patients having refractive errors were provided with glasses at subsidised rates.”
He said the Porebada villagers were more than happy and requested the hospital management to offer such camps on regular intervals to help the community.
“Considering the people’s request, a similar camp will be organised on a later date.”
For those interested in organising such camps can call 7031 7000 or email [email protected]