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Eye team from
Canada arrives

BY CARLA GOMEZ

An eye team led by Dr. Hugh Parsons from Canada has arrived in Bacolod City for a medical mission to be conducted  at the Eye Center of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City starting Thursday.

The eye team was supposed to begin work at the CLMMRH on February 13 but  moved the date up since their work in earthquake-hit Negros Oriental where they were also supposed to conduct eye surgeries, had been affected by damage to hospitals in the area.

Parsons said their 15-member team, with four doctors, nurses and support people  will start seeing patients  for free on Thursday.

They will see patients for cataract and other eye problems, he said.

They have an optometrist with them who will dispense glasses but their biggest focus will be on eye surgery, he added.

Since the Eye Center at the CLMMRH headed by Dr. Ricky Gallaga has a residency teaching program, Parsons said they will also be  giving lectures and working with residents.

Parsons has been conducting medical missions in the Philippines for 11 years, and before that also in China, Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand.

Ted and Ann Britanico, friends of Parsons, and Vicky Rodriguez  are coordinating the visit of the Canadian team.

Ted Britanico said the Parsons’ team treats anything that concerns the eyes, from simple to complex surgery, and are dedicated to helping save the eyesight of their indigent patients.*CPG

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