21 January 2013

Lions, SBMA partner for eye exam and free cataract operation project

Some 200 cataract patients from Olongapo City will be operated on for free by international team of doctors under a project organized by the Lions Clubs District 301-D1-Philippines and the Lions Clubs District 19-C, a counterpart district in Washington, USA.

Around 3,500 residents also benefited in the five-day optical examination and screening project jointly undertaken by the Lions International Foundation and the Olongapo City New Horizon Lions Club in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Some 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses were also distributed to residents of the city’s 17 barangays during the five-day project held from January 8 to 12 at the covered court of Barangay Pag-Asa.

The activity was funded by the Lions Club International Foundation and hosted by Barangay Pag-Asa, Olongapo City New Horizon Lions Club, Subic Tambuli Lions Club, Primera Lions Club, SR Executive Lions Club, Golden Heights Lions Club and Subic Bay Lions Club.

Jimmy Pasag, chairman of Brgy. Pag-Asa and Lions Club member, said the project is an important activity for the Lions Club because it is one of the major concerns of the group.

The Lions Club has several areas of service, namely: restoring sight, providing disaster relief, supporting youth and addressing other humanitarian needs such as health and disability.

During the screening, doctors, some of whom flew in from the USA, screened cataract patients inside a customized mobile eye-care clinic.

Organizers said the cataract patients will be operated on at a hospital in San Marcelino, Zambales.

Alex Tinagan, a councilor of Brgy. Pag-Asa, said they also reached the target for patients who availed of refraction glasses donated by the Lions groups. (MPD-SBMA)

A patient undergoes an eye examination during an optical and cataract screening project jointly undertaken by the Lions Club in Olongapo City with the cooperation and support of the SBMA Public Relations Office.