The NGCB made a timely donation of a brand new 10-seater Landcruiser to the PNG Eye Care to support the transportation needs of the ophthalmologist and healthcare workers at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
The new vehicle was handed over to Dr. Jambi Garap, an Ophthalmologist and President of the PNG Eye Care by the NGCB’s Chief Operating Officer Mr. Paul Ketombing.
Dr Garap while receiving the keys of the new vehicle, wholeheartedly thanked the NGCB for the donation, which she said will greatly boost the administration and medical services and maximize eye care services to the people of PNG.
“I am truly humble to receive this brand-new vehicle that will be used by my team to carry out a wide range of eye-care services and awareness programs to the communities in NCD and neighboring provinces – which has been a great challenge for us for many years.”
“One of our primary roles is to carry out awareness on vision impairment in rural communities, conduct research, update our data through effective execution of surveys and reach the unreached to provide eye care services.”
“Unfortunately, these very important operational programs have been a huge setback due to transportation – and we are grateful to NGCB for understanding the importance of eye care services in the country and recognizing our transport plight by donating this new vehicle.”
“This donation has truly encouraged us to continue to give our best and serve our people with the best of our abilities in order to minimize and prevent widespread vision impairment in our societies”, Dr Garap added.
Meanwhile, Mr Ketombing, spoke on behalf of NGCB CEO Imelda Agon, said NGCB was pleased to support PNG Eye Care by purchasing a new vehicle worth over K180, 000.00.
“We will continue to support health projects and programs through the ‘give back program’ to ensure the wellbeing of our community is safe, healthy, wealthy and in line with our government vision.”
PNG Eye Care was established in 2008 and its mission is to support eye care development and delivery of services across the nation including provision of spectacles.
The mandate is to work together with key partners to eliminate avoidable blindness and uncorrected vision impairment, develop sustainable solutions for communities in need, and therefore improve education and quality of life.