THOUSAND HAVE SIGHT RESTORED
ONE thousand people have had their sight restored following treatment from Townsville’s YWAM Medical Ships ophthalmology clinic.
Surgeons aboard the ship performed Ella Waibala’s cataract surgery, helping her see clearly again.
In collaboration with national and provincial health authorities, YWAM Medical Ships have been providing ophthalmic services to remote communities in Papua New Guinea since 2010.
Managing director Ken Mulligan said the surgeries prevented people from remaining blind all their lives.
“The surgeries are transformative for not only the individuals, but also their families and communities. It is very special to see someone walk into the clinic blind, then leave the next day with their sight restored,” he said.
PNG National Prevention of Blindness Committee president Dr Jambi Garap said YWAM played a vital role in providing remote communities with access to ophthalmic services.
“This achievement contributes toward our shared goal of alleviating preventable blindness in PNG – it is a wonderful time to celebrate in the lead up to World Sight Day next week, and our national cataract campaign ( next month),” he said.
SIGHT- SAVING WORK: YWAM Medical Ships volunteer ophthalmologist Dr Keith Maslin, patient Ella Waibala and Alotau Hospital scrub nurse Alice Eroro.