JIS News

More than 1,000 Jamaicans, who are awaiting corrective eye surgeries, will finally have these operations performed at the new Ophthalmology Centre at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, which opens on Wednesday (Jan. 27).
“Patients have been screened and selected for surgery, but for various reasons they have not had it done,” said Director of Health Services, Planning, and Integration in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Denise Duncan-Goffe.
She told JIS News that during the first three months of the opening of the facility, doctors will be working expeditiously to clear the backlog. Focus will be placed on patients with conditions such as cataracts, pterygium, and diabetic retinography.
“Later on, other diseases will be considered, but in the beginning that is what we will be doing,” Dr. Duncan-Goffe informed. “After we clear those 1, 000 plus patients, we will then review the diseases and conditions that we deal with,” she noted.
Dr. Duncan-Goffe was speaking to JIS News on Friday (Jan. 22) following a tour of the facility with the Minister of Health Hon. Rudyard Spencer.
A few of the 15-member Cuban medical team, who will perform the surgeries, as well as Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Yuri Gala L

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