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People make use of clinic

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, February 08, 2013

ANOTHER team of US volunteers are in Buca Bay in Vanua Levu providing free eye clinics and surgeries.

The week-long clinic has seen people travelling from the Northern Division and Viti Levu to make good use of the eye services.

The clinic at the Mission Creek at Natuvu building has been popular since 2009.

Savenaca Siwatibau, an employee of Mission Creek, said the clinic involved people of all ages from different backgrounds.

"The clinic includes general eye check, eye surgeries, issuing of medication and free reading or sun glasses to patients," Mr Siwatibau said.

"The people pay nothing at all for this annual eye clinic which brings in new teams of volunteers from America."

Mr Siwatibau said the team was made up of a surgeon, two nurses and technical and support staff who travelled from Washington and California.

He said many people attended the clinics, including those from Viti Levu.

"People are so blessed to have these kinds of volunteers who conduct free clinics and operations — the actual costs are just too high to pay," Mr Siwatibau said.

As of Wednesday, the team attended to 49 cataract and 14 pterygium operations.


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