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Tuesday April 2, 2013

Mobile cataract clinic launched

Careful inspection: Liow at the mobile cataract clinic at its launch in
Bentong. With him are (from left) Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan consultant
ophthalmologist Dr Mohd Aziz Husni, Bilut assemblyman Datuk Hoh Khai
Mun, Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah ophthalmology expert Dr Zuraidah
Mustari, Ketari assemblyman Datuk Dr Ng Keong Chye and Sabai
assemblyman Datuk M. Davendran. Careful inspection: Liow at the mobile cataract clinic at its launch in Bentong. With him are (from left) Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan consultant ophthalmologist Dr Mohd Aziz Husni, Bilut assemblyman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah ophthalmology expert Dr Zuraidah Mustari, Ketari assemblyman Datuk Dr Ng Keong Chye and Sabai assemblyman Datuk M. Davendran.

BENTONG: The Health Ministry has launched the 1Malaysia Cata­ract Clinic (KK1M) for the east zone of Peninsular Malaysia.

It is a mobile clinic that will travel to Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

“It will be stationed in each lo-ca­tion in the states for two weeks.”

At the launch of the clinic yesterday, Liow said cataract was the main cause of blindness as well as sight problems at a rate of 39% in Malaysia.

“It is estimated that 300,000 Malaysians suffer from cataract.”

However, he said only 28,500 patients had cataract surgery in 2010.

He said there was poor coverage of ophthalmology services especially in rural areas as well as a lack of awareness of eye diseases and treatments available.

“The mobile clinic will provide eye screening and treatment, which will help prevent blindness and other eye diseases, especially in rural areas,” he said.

He said the ministry had also launched a KK1M in Sarawak.

The ministry would start two more KK1Ms by the end of the year to serve the north zone (Kedah, Perak, Perlis and Penang) and Sabah.

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