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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Monday 23 January 2012 Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations Honourable Alvina Reynolds has pledged her unwavering support for the work of the Kids Insight Programme of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association.    Minister Reynolds says the Ministry of Health has been supporting the objectives of the programme to provide superb eye health services to Saint Lucians particularly in the area of paediatric eye care.


 The health minister lauded the team for giving selflessly and for demonstrating a sincere spirit of volunteerism.   I have noted from information presented to me by Mr. Avril that over 1,100 children have had eye examinations.  Over 240 children have had surgeries, with glasses being prescribed to about 286 children. There have been surgeries for cataract and glaucoma and the rest with student eye screening, approximately 245. You've conducted workshops with teachers and principals, you've examined adults, you've conducted medical workshops, you've done phenomenal work. I am proud of you. I salute you.


The Minister was at the time the feature speaker at a special appreciation ceremony marking the 10th Anniversary of the Kids Insight Programme. She noted that the giving of sight to the patients was the best gift ever.  I want to recognize also the efforts of the Saint Lucian partners, who've worked hard along with you to ensure the success of this programme. Dr. Bird community paediatrician, all community health nurses,  staff at St. Jude 's hospital for the use of the clinic, Victoria hospital staff and administration,  you have achieved much and our children and their families have experienced much. So on the behalf of the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations again I say to you hats off.


The Kids Insight team made its inaugural visit to Saint Lucia in November 2003. The programme sees the annual partnering of the SLBWA and the Lions Club,  along with the  West Virginia Eye Institute and the Ministry of Health of Saint Lucia in making  possible the visit of  a team of paediatric eye experts along with  education and rehabilitation experts to the island.

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