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2009 News and Events

Lethem Gets Free Medical Services

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Refractionists from Eye Care Guyana conduct screening exercises.

During the period July 16 to 20, the team from the US Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) made a second medical visit to Lethem, Region 9. They travelled to the outlying villages of Kumu, Moco Moco, Kasarabai and Nappi to conduct optometry outreaches. Two optometrists from Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and two locally trained refractionists from Eye Care Guyana accompanied the HAP team on their visit.

During the visit, medical personnel tested for Dengue and Malaria and treated general medicine complaints. The optometry team conducted screening for low-vision, chronic eye diseases, and distributed spectacles free of charge. Such preventative screening is very important as it detects the early onset of diseases such as glaucoma, which if left untreated can result in blindness. Several cases of glaucoma were detected and patients were able to begin treatment.

The HAP team last visited Region 9 in April when they donated book bags and school supplies to rural villages in the area.

The Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is an initiative under the U.S. Embassy to assist Guyana's communities in the areas of social, economic and medical development. HAP coordinates with local, regional and national health and community officials and works to bring together multiple local, national and international agencies to reach common humanitarian and development assistance goals.