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LIONS CLUB OF KINGSTON TO RENOVATE EYE CLINIC WITH HELP FROM NHF

LIONS CLUB OF KINGSTON TO RENOVATE EYE CLINIC WITH HELP FROM NHF

The Lions Club of Kingston has received a grant of $2.2 million from the National Health Fund for the renovation of its Beechwood Avenue premises in Kingston, in order to set-up a permanent Sight Conservation Clinic. The establishment of this facility will strengthen the services provided by the Lions Club of Kingston Mobile Sight Screening Clinic.

Major Desmon Brown, Chairman of the Sight Committee, says the project will go a far way in addressing the shortcomings of the screening programme that the Lions Club has been conducting for over 20 years. “The Lions Club has not been able to provide follow-up corrective action on a consistent basis to those children that the screening programme identify as having vision challenges and this new Clinic at Beechwood Avenue will help to address this,” he said.

On average over 5,000 examinations are conducted annually, mostly for children, and approximately thirty eight (38%) of those seen are referred for further evaluation and eye care.

“The majority of persons attending the new Sight Conservation Clinic will be those that have been referred though the Mobile Sight Screening Clinic; however children referred through other avenues will also be accommodated,” the Sight Chairman says.

The Lions Club of Kingston Building at Beechwood Avenue formerly housed the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, which was also founded by the Club. The renovation of the building will provide for the re-establishment of the Sight Foundation, which will operate similar to the Heart Foundation. A number of private sector eye care specialist have pledged their services free of charge which will allow more Jamaicans increased access to quality eye care.

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