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Cornwall Regional Hospital cataracts patients to benefit from Rotary donations

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2016 | 10:13 AM
Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Cornwall Regional Hospital says it’s now equipped to offer first-world eye-care treatment to patients requiring surgery for cataracts thanks to a gift from the Rotary Club.

It has received a new operating microscope, switch lamps, visual acuity testers, ophthalmoscopes and surgical instruments, valuing $10 million in total.

Ophthalmologists at the hospital see some 10,000 patients per year.

Of that number, an average 2,000 are new patients with ailments such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Claudine Green says the hospital carries out 300 cataract surgeries annually and another 300 minor surgeries while emergency care is done at a rate of about 50 annually.

However, she says the hospital had been challenged as it relates to its clinics and operating theatres.

She says the gift will help the hospital to teach residents, medical students and nurses and shorten surgery times and waiting lists for surgery.