1500 at eye clinic

THE Sight First project, an eye clinic held in the North earlier this month, screened 1500 patients at the Labasa Hospital.

The project which consists of Volunteer Ophthamologists Service Overseas was the initiative of the Lions Club of Labsa.

The free medical services has been around for 20 years.

Club president Subhash Chandra said they issued 2200 pair of eyeglasses, conducted 78 cataract operations and attended to about 2000 patients in rural stations.

“This project has benefited thousands of people over the years and has been the hallmark and ongoing annual project for about 20 years,” he said.

“An annual project of this magnitude involving such numbers would cost the public well over $100,000 per project to cover for eye check, operations and eyeglasses.

“We have also been able to conduct these clinics because of our sponsors like the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation and the support of the hospital administration team.”

Mr Chandra said his team was more than happy to help the communities through such free initiatives.