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“…….. improving the vision of thousands of Saint Lucians”

Thursday, August 18, 2005 – Over one thousand persons in every major community in Saint Lucia will receive free eye screening from Monday August 22nd, 2005. The programme begins at the Babonneau Multi Purpose Centre and is a collaborative effort by Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Gender Relations and the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba.

The programme is being viewed as an opportunity to handle the backlog of cases of eye problems on the island. In addition it will pave the way for a more efficient clinic when an Ophthalmologist is appointed in September 2005 and the island’s main eye clinic refurbished.

Two weeks ago Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony and Cuban Ambassador His Excellency Victor Rameriz launched the programme that is expected to provide residents with free eye screening, with the hope of restoring vision to hundreds of persons. Thousands of persons will be seen by a team of Cuban doctors over an eight week period at facilities across Saint Lucia. Persons who are diagnosed and recommended for surgical treatment will be flown to hospitals in Cuba where they will be treated.

Proposed itinerary for Cuban Ophthalmologists in Saint Lucia
August – October 2005

District Date Location
Babonneau August 22-26 Babonneau Multi Purpose Centre
Castries August 29 VBCC
August 30 - September 1 Cultural Centre
September 2 Entrepot HRDC
Mon Repos September 5 Mon Repos Health Centre
Gros Islet September 6-9 Gros Islet Polyclinic
La Resource
Dennery September 12 - 16 Dennery Hospital
Micoud September 19 Micoud Multi Purpose Centre
Vieux Fort September 20 - 22 Vieux Fort Town Hall
Laborie September 23 Laborie Parish Hall
Choiseul/Soufriere September 26 - 27 La Fargue Health Centre
  September 28 - 30 Soufriere Hospital
Anse La Raye October 3 Anse La Raye Health Centre
Canaries October 4 Canaries Health Centre
La Bayee October 5 La Bayee Community Centre
Castries October 6 - 7 Open (Senior Citizens Homes)

The Ministry of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Gender Relations is encouraging the public to take advantage of the services of the Cuban authorities. Persons with eye problems especially cataracts, glaucoma and retinal degenerative disorders should contact the health centres in their community or district for registration and schedules.


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