Blindness focus of new agreement in PNG
Quoting Radio New Zealand ï¿½ 10 October 2018
ï¿½Eye services in Papua New Guinea are set to receive more support after the PNG government signed a new agreement with the Fred Hollows Foundation of New Zealand.
ï¿½PNG has the highest rate of blindness and vision impairment in the Pacific.
ï¿½One in eighteen adults over 50-years-old are blind and women are more likely to be blind than men.
ï¿½The agreement outlines commitments to ensure all people have access to high quality eye care, provided by a skilled local eye care workforce in a supportive healthcare environment.
ï¿½The charity said it has operated in PNG over the last 11 years and trained 86 specialist eye care nurses to provide community care.
ï¿½More needed to be done to address the burden of blindness in PNG, it said.ï¿½
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