Eye patients in Bundi receive free spectacles

About 64 patients in Upper Bundi received free medical prescription glasses during the recent rural health outreach program.

People came from all over  rural Bundi area including areas along the borders of Jimi, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands Province.

The medical outreach program was carried out from October 11-17 at Snow Pass and Yandera villages of remote Upper Bundi.

Out of the total 388 seen and diagnosed for various medical illnesses, 95 people had their eyes checked with about 64 needing glasses.

The glasses were sent by Dr. Marc Richmond of California and were donated by individuals and organisations in the United States.

Community impact projects director Vincent Kumura said they plan to carry out more eye testing in the future.

All glasses will be handed to patients freely without any charges after testing.

Kumura said vision problems are a prevalent health issues for these remote mountain dwellers who survive by cultivating the land.

This was the second time they've donated glasses with the first 300 glasses given to eye patients of Bundi in late 2014.

Quintina Naime