The Kavieng General Hospital Eye team visited Lihir Island in June 2014 and screened 513 villagers and dispensed 169 glasses to many who required glasses to improve their vision. There were a total of 66 cases booked for eye surgery.
Following these visit, LMALA’s LICHP program collaborated with ISOS/LMC (Lihir Medical Centre). LICHP invited the Wewak General Hospital Eye team led by Dr David Pahau and his two eye nurses to conduct eye surgery on the booked cases with another eye nurse from Kavieng General Hospital’s Eye unit. However due to bad weather during that week most patients from the other smaller islands could not travel to Lihir so the team operated only 34 cases.
The Eye Operations team was well supported by two (2) LMALA’s LICHP nurses as well as staff from LMC. This service is to give Lihir villagers and others who came for eye consultations and surgery, a second chance to have their vision improved. The Visiting Eye team was supported on the ground by LMALA’s LICHP program Health Officers and also assisted in logistics and in the pre and post operative period that started on July 28 and ended on August 4.
ISOS/LMC also supported the Eye surgery by providing their Dental Office for Eye consultation and the theatre at Lihir Medical Centre (LMC) along with the allocating the TB ward for post-operative patients to stay overnight. It was a great partnership effort between LMALA , ISOS/LMC, Kavieng General Hospital and Wewak General Hospital. The visiting Ophthalmologist, Dr Pahau also spoke highly of the level of partnership and support provided by all stakeholders as we all implement this Public – Private Partnerships in the delivery of Health Care services to our rural people in PNG.
The Kavieng Eye team will return to the island in September to review the eye patients to make sure no complications was developed after the eye surgery.
Image Above: Lihir Medical Centre in foreground with Londolovit background. Image by David Haigh 2010