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Persons in the parish of Portland who are suffering from visual defects are being assisted by the Rotary Club of Port Antonio through a Rotary Awareness Blindness Clinic, which is now being conducted at 29 Harbour Street in Port Antonio.
The Rotary Club has had a long history of hosting eye clinics for needy persons, having first begun the project in 1984.
The clinic is being conducted to identify persons with cataract for treatment by a team of Ophthalmologists, who will be visiting the clinic in the week of November 7-11 to carry out procedures for this particular condition.
The operations will be conducted by Ophthalmologists affiliated with Surgical Eye Expedition International, a voluntary eye treatment organization based in Santa Barbara, California. Surgical Eye Expedition International has, along with the Voluntary Ophthalmic Services to Humanity (VOSH), been partnering with the Club to provide eye treatment for persons who are unable to afford the cost of such services.
Speaking with JIS News, Terrence Beckford, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Port Antonio, said the services of the clinic were also extended to residents of Western St. Thomas and Eastern St. Mary because of the proximity of those areas to Portland.
Mr. Beckford said the screening of patients has been progressing smoothly as residents have been making use of the opportunity. He added that final screenings would be done on Sunday, November 4.
In exhorting the persons to take advantage of the aid being offered by the clinic, Mr. Beckford urged such persons to attend the clinic on anyWeek day afternoon until the 4th of November, to determine what procedure was appropriate for them.