Antigua and Barbuda receives over $70,000 US in equipment from the South Korean Government

Over seventy thousand US dollars’ worth of modern medical equipment to aid in the fight against eye diseases in the twin island nation were donated the Antigua and Barbuda Eye-Care Program on Tuesday.

The gesture, which was made possible by the People and Government of South Korea, was recognized at an official handing over ceremony at the former US Navy Tracking Station at Barnacle Point.

Among the machines that were donated are a state of the art Zeiss Visual Analiyzer, which is an equipment that measures the human visual field, a Haag-Straight Tonometer, a Pachymeter, an I-Care Tonometer, a Phoroptor, and a Keeler Ophthalmoscope Indirect.

 The Haag-Straight Tonometer and the I-Care Tonometer will be used for measuring intraocular eye pressure, the Pachymeter is a tool used to measuring the thickness of the eye’s cornea, the Phoroptor, is used for testing individual lenses on each eye during an exam while the Keeler Ophthalmoscope Indirect is for the peripheral viewing of the retina.

The gesture, which was made possible by the People and Government of South Korea, was recognized at an official handing over ceremony at the former US Navy Tracking Station at Barnacle Point.

In accepting the contribution, Health and the Environment Minister-Molwyn Joseph said that when it comes to people’s health, especially where eye-care is concerned, there should be no barrier.

Minister Joseph added that with seven to nine thousand citizens requiring cataract surgeries at a cost of six to eight thousand EC dollars, the new equipment will help to reduce the cost of operations while at the same time, giving the country the ability to tackle many of the eye diseases that affect the population.

The health minister later introduced an idea where drivers will be able to get free eye screening at the hospital before having their licenses renewed.

Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Dominican Republic, Yang Seokhwan showered praises on the twin island state for the country’s efforts in improving the health and lifestyles of its people.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles “Max” Fernandez praised the thirty six years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, saying that the partnership has proven fruitful over the years.

News Reporter

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