It was a hot day but on Wednesday many, young and old, turned out at Pointe Michel Health Center to have their eyes tested, their blood pressure checked and be screened for diabetes.
The free services were offered by VOSH – Volunteer Optometry Services for Humanity.
VOSH is a non governmental, non sectarian, apolitical organization is dedicated to the provision of eye and vision care services for those who are below the poverty level and without access to local eye care.
The VOSH team works in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Dominica and is on its 21st mission to Dominica.
Dr. Dan Wrubel is heading the team and says he is “happy to be in Dominica.”
“I am happy at what I have seen thus far,” he said. “We do the screening and if we find anything we refer the patient to Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts.
Last year, he said, the team saw well over 1,500 patients and that number is expected to some 2,000 patients year.
Dr. Wrubel is impressed with Dominica.
“Dominica is just a lovely place and its people are great,” he stated. “I was amazed to see at least two patients in the Carib Territory who are in thier 90’s with no medical problems. Trust me that was just amazing.”
He attributes longevity in Dominica to “proper diet and the exercises”.
He also urged everyone to “eat properly and exercise and do regular medical check ups.”