HEALTH Minister Jack Norris officially opened Vanuatu’s new National Eye Centre at the Vila Central Hospital this week.
The New Zealand High Commissioner, Jonathan Schwass, said the upgraded eye centre will increase Vanuatu’s eye surgery capacity from 200 to 800 annually, which will meet the country’s needs as estimated by the World Health Organization.
New Zealand assisted with this project through a VT41 million contribution to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.
“New Zealand’s support for the centre comes on top of a five-year, multi-million dollar Pacific-wide New Zealand program called Strengthening Pacific Eye Care Services,” said Mr Schwass.
“The overall objective is to prevent and reduce avoidable blindness and visual impairment through increased access to high quality eye care in the Pacific.”
– NZ High Commission