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September 20, 2021
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PNG Needs More Ophthalmologists

There is a need for more ophthalmologist or eye doctors in Papua New Guinea.

This was a query raised, following the huge number of eye care operations in Kavieng, New Ireland, why there were few ophthalmologists, in the country.

Over 217 patients have been registered for screening and potential surgery.

In an interview, Dr Dulal, who has been conducting eye surgery in Kavieng, told EMTV News that there was lack of regular service with operative surgery.

Dr Dulal said that the outreach program, conducted by non-government organisations like the Fred Hollows Foundation once a year, has seen patients turning up in numbers, to access the services.

“In most of the provinces, there is no regular eye care service. There are clinicians but no operative surgery, especially cataract blinding surgery.

“My suggestion is for one ophthalmologist in each provincial hospital. Regular service is very important, to address the increasing eye problems in the country,” he said.

Dr Dulal said most young doctors have less interest, in eye care, with many specialist found in areas like obstetrics and gynaecology.

“Education training is very important. If the government is motivated, yes that can be done though investment,” Dr Dulal said.

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