The residents of Lethem, Region Nine, recently benefited from free medical services when a team from the US Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) visited the area for a second time.
The US team traveled to the outlying villages of Kumu, Moco Moco, Karasabai and Nappi to conduct optometry outreaches. The lot included two optometrists from Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and two locally trained refractionists from Eye Care Guyana.
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.
According to officials from the US embassy, such preventative screening is very important to detect the early onset of diseases such as glaucoma, which if left untreated can result in blindness.
Several cases of glaucoma were detected and patients began treatment.
The HAP team last visited Region Nine in April when they donated book bags and school supplies to rural villages in the area.
The Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) is an initiative under the U.S. Embassy to assist Guyana’s communities in the areas of social, economic and medical development.
HAP co-ordinates 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.
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