Vi­sion Care Project ben­e­fits 103 long­house folk in Kuala Tatau

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MIRI: One-hun­dred-and-three vil­lagers from over 10 long­houses lo­cated within Sarawak Oil Palm Bhd ( SOPB)’s ar­eas of op­er­a­tions in Kuala Tatau have ben­e­fit­ted from the group’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pro­gramme, ‘Vi­sion Care Project’.

The vil­lagers re­ceived free eye­screen­ing and new pre­scribed spec­ta­cles dur­ing SOPB’s re­cent visit to Rumah Buli Jamit at Sun­gai Se­manok.

It is learnt that of the 103, 15 vil­lagers were re­ferred to Jepak Health Clinic for fur­ther med­i­cal re­view.

“The pur­pose of the med­i­cal re­view is for them to have a more ex­ten­sive med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion to de­ter­mine whether they need to un­dergo ‘ptery­gium’ or cataract surgery – if ei­ther op­tion is needed, it would take place in Bin­tulu Hos­pi­tal, of which (the treat­ment) will be fully funded by SOPB,” said a press state­ment is­sued by SOPB.

The group also said of the 15 vil­lagers slated for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion at Jepak Health Clinic, four would be meet­ing an eye spe­cial­ist in Bin­tulu Hos­pi­tal and pos­si­bly, they might have to un­dergo surgery.

In his re­marks, long­house chief­tains Buli Jamit and Le­bong Luang from the long­house at Sun­gai Seterus ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to SOPB for its CSR, which had helped their fel­low vil­lagers a lot.

The event at Rumah Buli was also at­tended by SOPB es­tate man­agers Budut Tum­bai ( Kuala Tatau 1) and Bene­dict Baja Malila ( Kuala Tatau 2), as well as pub­lic re­la­tions per­son­nel from SOPB’s head­quar­ters.

Es­tab­lished in 2013, the ‘ Vi­sion Care Project’ is SOPB’s an­nual CSR pro­gramme that aims to cre­ate the aware­ness of healthy and qual­ity liv­ing among the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“It is also the in­ten­tion of SOPB to lower the risk of pre­ventable blind­ness amongst the peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, who often do not have the nec­es­sary means to ob­tain im­me­di­ate ac­cess to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties,” said SOPB.

(From left) A long­house res­i­dent re­ceives her new spec­ta­cles from Bene­dict, wit­nessed by Buli and Budut.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of SOPB join the long­house vil­lagers in a group photo at Rumah Buli Anak Jamit, Sun­gai Se­manok in Kuala Tatau.

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