655 eye patients treated at Kupiano

Over just one week, the YWAM Medical Ships team treated 655 eye patients and 114 dental patients at Kupiano, Central Province.

More than 2,000 people also attended health promotion sessions.

The land-based healthcare team, in partnership with local health workers and the Abau District Administration, delivered optometry services, dental procedures and health education at Kupiano's Health Centre.

One of the patients seen was a 35 year-old mother of four named Openi. Openi was considered legally blind and could only see two metres in front of her. YWAM’s optometry team fitted Openi with a pair of glasses which enabled her to read, and see half-way down the vision acuity chart.

Central Province District Health Coordinator, Sister Rigolo Mokela, said it was a joy to work alongside the team at the Kupiano Health Centre.

“We hadn’t had dental and optical services here for over 20 years, there were many crowds of people lining up to see the team every day. Our people were very grateful,” said Mrs Mokela.

YWAM Medical Ships will continue to serve in Central Province this month with their medical ship, MV YWAM PNG. The vessel will depart Alotau for Abau District this weekend.

Over 100 volunteers will be aboard for the voyage from 12 different nations.

(Openi during her assessment)


Press release