DOH CONDUCTS SECOND ROUND OF FREE MOBILE EYE SCREENING TO DIABETIC PATIENTS IN LA UNION

DOH CONDUCTS SECOND ROUND OF FREE MOBILE EYE SCREENING TO DIABETIC PATIENTS IN LA UNION

By Glen S. Ramos

SAN Fernando City, La Union — Department of Health (DOH)-Ilocos Region together with the Ophthalmology Department of Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) conducted its second round of diabetic retinopathy screening for residents with diabetes in various communities of San Fernando City, La Union.

A total of 172 patients from Barangay Catbangen and 140 from Brgy Sevilla were screened during the 2-day mobile eye screening conducted from June 9-10, 2022.

“This initiative is our commitment to prevent blindness among patients with diabetes mellitus. Hindi kinakailangang manlabo o mawalan ng paningin ang isang pasyenteng may diabetes dahil maari naman itong mapigilan sa pagbibigay ng tamang pagsusuri at suportang medikal mula sa ating mga espesyalista,” Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco stated.

“Ang mobile eye screening po ay libre at patuloy itong maglilibot sa mga iba’t ibang barangay kaya’t inaanyayahan ko po ang mga residenteng may diabetes na magpasuri upang mabigyan sila ng karampatang lunas at ma-operahan kung kinakailangan.”

Residents with an ophthalmic disease that requires treatment such as laser treatment or surgery will be given the necessary operative treatment and care.

Francisco de Vera Jr., Regional Program Manager of Essential Non-Communicable Disease said that they will continue to roll out the free eye screening services until all patients with diabetes in the city

has been given the treatment and care they need.

“Diabetic eye screening is important as it helps to prevent sight loss. For individuals who are diabetic, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy and the only way to prevent it is to have your eyes screened in order to provide proper treatment and care,” De Vera emphasized.

Diabetic patients who have undergone eye screening were also given a hearing tests to identify potential hearing problems, especially the senior citizens, and to prevent hearing loss.

The activity was done in coordination with the city health office and local government of San Fernando City, La Union. (ai/mtvn)

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