Chinese ophthalmology mission in Dominica

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The Ministry of Health on Monday welcomed a 10- man Chinese Ophthalmology Team on the Island to perform free Cataract Surgeries to Dominicans from August 11 to 22, 2014.

Surgeries are being performed on patients at the Princess Margaret Hospital with the support and collaboration of the island’s Ophthalmology team headed by Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts, Consultant Ophthalmologist.

About 95 cataract patients from across the island were recommended by the Ophthalmologist to undergo surgery .

All the eye care equipment being used will be donated to the Government of Dominica at the end of the mission.




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  1. van
    August 16, 2014

    It is one thing to donate the equipment, but are they also training people how to use the equipment?

    I was also puzzled why the sign was written in Chinese

  2. CaraW
    August 16, 2014

    Brave people to have Chinese in their eyes!

  3. Barbara Saunders
    August 14, 2014

    Hats off Dr. Shillingford for collaborating and co-operating with the visiting specialists in the interest of those who would have had to wait a long time for attention or probably would not have been able to afford the surgery.

    • playboy
      August 15, 2014

      Can’t afford the surgery because she is so expensive.
      How come it’s only her who is deciding who should benefit from the Chinese project and get surgery?

      Well, at least she’s not got the minister to summarily dismiss them like she did the Cubans.
      But then again, these are the Chinese!

  4. August 14, 2014

    I understand it’s good news but can’t we find Dominicans that are qualify to fill that position a lot of Dominicans have gone away to medical school on scholarships and come back and can’t get a job well sah

    • Black Beauty
      August 15, 2014

      @ Sowhat: “I understand it’s good news but can’t we find Dominicans that are qualify to fill that position a lot of Dominicans have gone away to medical school on scholarships and come back and can’t get a job well ”

      Gone away to medical school and come back as what? General practitioners? in most cases lost like hell too. Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts is an Ophthalmologist with years of training, should she now simply allow any body with a “medical degree” to perform surgeries on people’s eye. Are you even listening to yourself? Do you know most of the returnees from a certain island with “medical degrees” are clueless, have you seen them in action? She is collaborating with the Chinese whose qualifications she may have had the opportunity to verify.

      • August 15, 2014

        That’s nice we bring down our own and up lifting Chinese

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2014

      why dont you volunteer to be the first patient?

  5. Christian
    August 14, 2014

    Dominica should officially change it’s name to Chinanica.

    • it does not matter
      August 15, 2014

      You make me laugh

  6. legalize it
    August 14, 2014

    we must not underestimate the power of smoking herbs it is good for eyes infections and much more doctors smoke it too.

  7. August 14, 2014

    That’s nice.Now pm get some Chinese to fix the farm roads.We will take anything before election.

  8. it does not matter
    August 14, 2014

    Where are the criticizers

    • August 14, 2014

      What is there to criticize about ? Free medical care, free medical assistant for the needy not the greedy? it does matter!

  9. change is a must!
    August 14, 2014

    those chinese fixing our eyes so we can see the light!u think they sort?uhuh………haha!

  10. Dr
    August 14, 2014

    Yes I….good things. I’m happy for what they are doing for my people. Can’t wait to go home after China to do my part too…. 中国真是好国家。

  11. sac souwi
    August 14, 2014

    It was time

  12. Doc. Love
    August 14, 2014

    Any kind of medical help Dominica can get is appreciated, but we cannot allow medical practitioners come to the island spend a month, disappears and leave the after effects to our medical doctors. I believe at least two members from the Chinese Ophthalmology team should remain on inland for a period of six months, in the event of serious eye problems. It is alleged, Dr. Shillingford had to clean up the mess after one of those visits.

    • Dominican
      August 14, 2014

      good point there

      • real possie
        August 14, 2014

        @, Dominican great point to what? the misreading that you both missed it clearly states that they are working in collaboration with the Dominican Ophthalmology and they are leaving the equipment’s behind meaning that these people should be able to handle any major set back, which usually it takes an hour to two after surgery to know if you have leakage so they should be on island for most of the people they worked on but you always have to find issue with everything always know it all.

      August 14, 2014

      You all always have a “IF” or a “BUT”
      Why can’t you accept when something good is happening in the country without thinking negatively? No one is perfect.

    • Dominique qui do
      August 14, 2014

      I think I read that Dr Ricketts was in collaboration with them
      the word is If there is a mess I am hoping that one would think she would clean the mess.Thank
      s would be more appropriate…Just saying

  13. Dominican
    August 14, 2014

    praise God thank you jesus

  14. Cyrique
    August 14, 2014

    This is absolutely wonderful news for Dominicans!!! The gift of good eyesight is so amazing it brought tears to my eyes. So many Dominicans have suffered because of this. Many of them diabetics. I remember my Aunt praising the PM before she died because he made it possible for her to go to Cuba for eye surgery. She was happy that she had her sight before she died. Thank you PM

    • August 14, 2014

      Then she died right? How long after did she die?
      So she saw and died?

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