Saturday 17 August, 2019

Flying Eye Hospital makes successful return to Jamaica

The Flying Eye Hospital project aims to exchange skills and strengthen the operational capacity of eye health professional.

The Flying Eye Hospital project aims to exchange skills and strengthen the operational capacity of eye health professional.

Responding to an invitation from the Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ), the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital - the world’s only airborne US-accredited teaching hospital, returned to Jamaica for the eighth time to conduct a three-week regional ophthalmic conference from March an April.

Supported by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and hosted by University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), the Flying Eye Hospital project aims to exchange skills and strengthen the operational capacity of eye health professionals not only in Jamaica, but from countries throughout the Caribbean, including Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Haiti and representatives from Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS).

UHWI CEO Kevin Allen noted that some 175 patients had received treatment during this visit, with many of those receiving complex surgeries.

“We are grateful to ORBIS and the team. As the leading healthcare institution in the Government service in Jamaica, we will continue to train healthcare professionals not just for Jamaica, but across the region.”

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Hospital board chairman James Moss-Solomon also thanked the team for choosing Jamaica and lauded the flight crew, maintenance and other support staff for their excellent work.

Donovan Colder, Consultant Ophthalmologist for ORBIS, said the residents exposed to the training were “over the moon” about it, and were eager to have the team extend their stay.

Orbis Director Maurice Geary said that some 170 medical professionals had received training, with some 120 viewing live eye surgeries and other demos via the ORBIS web platform.

The training focuses on cataract, glaucoma, strabismus, oculoplastic and retina diseases, observation, hands-on training, workshops and symposia.

Since 1982, Orbis has worked in over 17 countries in Latin America & the Caribbean region. This is the 25th project in the Caribbean and the 8th one in Jamaica. Previously, the Flying Eye Hospital had been to Cuba eight times, Barbados one time, as well as four times in Trinidad and the Dominican Republic respectively.

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