344 at Kudat anti-cataract event
Published on: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
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A Rotarian doctor checking the eye of a patient at the programme.
KUDAT: A total of 344 patients registered for eye screening, out of which 121 were referred to Kudat Hospital for further treatment. 

A total of 138 pairs of reading glasses were also provided for those who required them.

They were part of a joint-clubs cataract campaign here, recently, at a Hakka Hall Kudat and five other Rotary Clubs (RC) namely RC Likas Bay, RC Luyang, RC Kota Kinabalu Mandarin, RC Kinabalu Sutera and RC Tanjung Aru also participating in the campaign.

The campaign aptly named “Kempen Hapuskan Katarak” provided free basic eye screenings that were performed by Cataract Finder Volunteers from both KPJ and JMC medical centres. 

Kudat Hospital Optometrist Crestiani Laisis along with two of her staff also volunteered their expertise for the programme.

Three Rotarian doctors namely Dr Asohan and Dr Sam from RC Likas Bay, with Datuk Dr Rajagopal from RC Luyang were present to provide free eye exams and treatment recommendations during the course of the programme that started from 8.30am till 12.30pm.

Due to the distance between Kudat and Kota Kinabalu, a few Rotarians from RCKK Pearl namely current Club President Datuk Aminah Ambrose, Club Community Service Director cum programme coordinator Tulip Noorazyze, Club President Elect Rosie Chong and Club Secretary Hanna Ghani-Loh travelled ahead on Nov 12, this year in order to prepare the venue for the programme. 

They were joined by Past District 3310 Governor Philip Chong, Past Club President Arius Yu and Dr Asohan – all from RC Likas Bay, whose spouses also went along as volunteers. The rest of the Rotarian volunteers travelled to Kudat on a hired coach that left Kota Kinabalu as early as 4am on the day of the programme itself, as they needed to convene at Dewan Hakka Kudat at 7am in order to get organised before the programme started at 8.30am.

Aminah was able to obtain sponsorship of 400 buns from Kim Teck Cheong Consolidated Berhad through their Executive Director Datuk Dexter Lau, as well as sponsorship of 10 cartons of mineral water cup from Rotary District 3310’s Assistant Governor for Group 13, Kapitan Eliza Goh who is also from RCKK Pearl. These amenities were distributed to the public who came for the free eye screening.

“Kempen Hapuskan Katarak” is actually a Rotary Global Grant project, under Gift of Sight Sabah 2.0, and was initiated by Past District 3310 Governor Philip Chong, in collaboration with seven other Rotary Clubs in Kota Kinabalu, and three from Sandakan, of which RC Sandakan North is the lead Club for this project.

The campaign is an ongoing program and has already been carried out in three different districts within this year namely Pitas in August, Beaufort in September and Tuaran in October. 

More districts will be included in this cataract campaign in the near future.