Free cataract screening for the poor in Batang Kali

Vision of hope: One of the residents in Bandar Baru Batang Kali having his eyes checked for cataract.

NINE organisations joined hands to conduct a free health and eye cataract sreening for 350 people in Bandar Baru Batang Kali.

The screening was held at Dewan Dato’ Abdul Hamid by Pantai Hospital Klang (PHK), Lions Club of Subang Jaya, PJ Metro, Banting, Bandar Baru Klang and George Town Mutiara, the Hulu Selangor District Council, Hulu Selangor District Youth Council and V Focus Sdn Bhd.

PHK chief operating officer Maryati Legori Ibrahim said cataract was a widespread cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and the primary cause of blindness in the world.

Of those screened, 37 were diagnosed with moderate to mature cataract.

Lions Club checked the socio-economic background of those who turned up so that only eligible patients get to be clinically assessed by Pantai Hospital Klang’s ophthalmologists to undergo sponsored cataract surgery, under the auspices of IHH Healthcare’s Khazanah Fund.

An underlying objective of reaching out to the community through health checks is to gently instil awareness and encourage the community to develop a health-oriented mindset for themselves and their families.

Besides eye tests, the public’s BMI and blood pressure were also checked. They were provided with immediate feedback on their current health status and advised on necessary lifestyle changes to lead a healthier life.

“Pantai Hospital Klang is glad to join forces with equally passionate government and private entities as well as NGOs for this community service programme.

“We are honoured to have been invited by Lions Club to collaborate towards this initiative. For the past 55 years, Lions Club has been an active organisation that enjoys giving back to the community in Malaysia.

“We look forward to partnering with other organisations for similar initiatives to benefit the communities in and around Klang,” said Maryati.

Commenting further on the community service programme, Lions Club International (Malaysia) first vice-district governor S.N. Tai said, “We hope our efforts will help these people improve their vision and health and in doing so, enhance their quality of life for many years to come.”

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