It has been one month since the New Zealand-funded project of Vanuatu’s new National Eye Centre was opened at the Vila Central Hospital.

An eye care practitioner, Brian Kordy, says since the opening of the eye care centre, over 100 patients so far have approached the National Eye Centre.

Mr Kordy says during the first week of the eye centre’s operations, there were a total of 8 patients qualified to undergo theatre operations.

The outcome of the operation was good, with most of them gaining full recovery after facing some years of blindness.

He says one challenge faced within the centre currently is the shortage of staff.

“Currently we only have one Doctor in the Eye Centre and seven eye care practitioners, with three based in the national eye center and four based within the provinces,” he revealed.

Mr Kordy said that during the first month of operation for the Centre, what was visibly attached to them was the increased number of patients approaching the clinic, for treatments and also for eye checkups.

He stated that since operations began, more people are going into the Eye Centre.

The young eye care practitioner in his opinion believes that in the next two to three years, locals and expatriates residing in Vanuatu, will no longer face the challenge of going overseas for operations.

He stated that with new facilities, new environment, equipment to address eye conditions and the increased number of staff, it will allow more operations to be effectively carried out to solve eye conditions and issues in Vanuatu.

Mr Kordy emphasized that the sun, nowadays is currently one of the leading causes to eye problems.

He explained that to avoid and reduce such problems, everybody should take good care of their eyes.

He further stated that with the current hot temperatures, people should wear sunglasses more often. He said that eating fruits and vegetables are important too as it is essential for the eye’s benefit pointing that it fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin A are good for the eye.

Vanuatu’s new state of the art eye clinic is headed up by Vanuatu’s first ever Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Johnson Kasso. Dr Kasso gained his qualification in New Zealand and at the official launch of the clinic he said the new facility will increase Vanuatu’s capacity carry out eye surgeries … “with this new state of art clinic, we can conduct surgery with patients here which was unavailable in the past.”

The clinic was opened earlier this month by the Minister of Health in Hon Norris Kalmet.

New Zealand assisted with this project through a VT41 million contribution to Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and New Zealand is proud to support eye health in the Pacific.

Vanuatu’s new state of the art eye clinic is headed up by Vanuatu’s first ever Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Johnson Kasso.

Dr Kasso gained his qualification in New Zealand and at the official launch of the clinic he said the new facility will increase Vanuatu’s capacity carry out eye surgeries … “with this new state of art clinic, we can conduct surgery with patients here which was unavailable in the past.”

The clinic was opened earlier this month by the Minister of Health in Hon Norris Kalmet.

New Zealand assisted with this project through a VT41 million contribution to Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and New Zealand is proud to support eye health in the Pacific.

Vanuatu’s new state of the art eye clinic is headed up by Vanuatu’s first ever Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Johnson Kasso.

The clinic was opened earlier this month by the Minister of Health, Hon Norris Kalmet.

New Zealand assisted with this project through a VT41 million contribution to Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and New Zealand is proud to support eye health in the Pacific.

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