THE Department of Health – Ilocos Region commences its Retinopathy Screening this year in the town of Luna, La Union catering a total of 136 diabetic patients for the first day of the two-day activity from February 16-17, 2023.
Francisco de Vera Jr., Regional Program Manager of Essential Non-Communicable Disease stated that they will be targeting and accommodating more patients including those with eye problems but who are not diabetic.
“Marami rin kasi sa ating mga senior citizen na nanlalabo na ang mga mata due to old age at kailangang dumaan ng eye screening upang mabigyan ng mga eyeglasses na me tamang grado para magamit nila sa pang araw-araw nilang gawain.”
The free diabetic retinopathy screening has been conducted in partnership with the Ophthalmology Department of Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) conducted at the municipal gymnasium on November 10, 2022.
Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydionco calls on all diabetic patients in the region to avail of the free mobile eye screening. “We will be visiting more communities this year and seek out patients, especially those living in GIDAs. Kailangang lahat ng may sakit na diabetes ay masuri at mabigyan ng tamang gamot at operasyon sa mata upang hindi sila tuluyang magkaproblema.”
“Lahat naman ito ay libre at walang anumang babayaran ang mga pasyente”, she assured.
The next mobile eye screening will be conducted in the town of Caba, La Union on March 9-10, 2023.