KOTA KINABALU: The Eyemedics Specialist Eye Centre Kota Kinabalu partnered with
Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu Pearl to provide free cataract surgery.
The project dubbed “Hope in Sight” partnership was in conjunction with World Sight Day which fell on 8th October 2020.
Surgeries performed on 8th October 2020, benefited Madam Milli @ Mary Pangga, and Madam Patricia Fong, on each of their eyes.
They would undergo surgery soon for the other eye as soon as situation permits as due to the current pandemic, the candidates had to go through stringent screening for Covid-19 prior to surgery.
RCKK Pearl’s current Club President Kapitan Eliza Goh expressed her hopes that through this project, eligible women from the B40 low income household bracket, would be able to get free eye treatment that usually would be too costly for them to afford.
This was in line with the objective of this community-based project; to enable such women to regain their independence and also enable them to contribute to their families’ income, that was badly affected during this pandemic period.
The Club’s involvement in the project was in the selection of eligible candidates and
sponsorship of lenses for the surgery. On EyeMedics’ part, Dr Terrence Soong would be
performing the surgeries with costs borne by the Specialist Eye Centre.
In the meantime, six more eligible women have been identified and would also be undergoing screening soon with hope that the partnership between EyeMedics Specialist Eye Centre and RCKK Pearl would be a sustainable project that could continue to provide free eye surgeries for eligible women, in future.-pr/BNN