|An Orbis Flying Eye Hospital doctor checks up eyes for a patient. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuong Vi
THUA THIEN HUE (VNS) — Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), a fully equipped ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility plane, landed in Hue city in the central Thua Thien-Hue province yesterday.
The visit of the plane is part of a five-year project that began in July 2014, to improve eye care services for children across the central region.
In Hue, the FEH will launch a two-week training course for about 150 medical personnel, along with free check-ups and treatment for more than 200 patients with eyesight problems.
FEH Medical Director Ahmed Gomaa said Orbis, an NGO dedicated to treating vision problems worldwide since 1982, has been coming to Viet Nam since 2000, and has helped establish five eye care centres for children in Ha Noi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, besides Binh Dinh.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show there are currently 39 million blind people and that 80 per cent of the causes of blindness are curable. Nineteen million children are suffering serious eye problems, with 1.4 million facing a high risk of blindness. — VNS