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HelpAge free Medical Camp for Estate workers

A Medical Camp for screening eyes of estate workers was conducted by HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL), the country’s only charity organization that performs free Cataract surgeries for poor elderly citizens almost every day at its Eye Hospital at Wellawatta.

This time HelpAge visited the Concordia Estate at Kandapola in Nuwara- Eliya to provide eye care assistance to estate workers. According to HelpAge, the funds were granted by HelpAge International,UK.

The Eye specialists who visited the estate said that the vision of almost all workers is fast deteriorating due to their work in plantations under the scorching sun. About 153 workers between the age group of 55 to 87 attended the camp that was organized by the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) which is represented by Sri Lanka’s major Regional Plantation Companies and Plantation Trade Unions.

Among the participant recipients 21 were identified as cataract patients and the surgeries will be performed at HelpAge Eye Hospital, Wellawatta (Opposite Savoy Cinema).

The participant estate workers underwent medical and eye screenings and some were diagnosed with Non Communicable diseases (NCD’s). Fifty seven elders who were suffering from various eye ailments were provided with reading glasses and bifocal spectacles.

PHDT, Director General L. R. Perera said the PHDT was established in order to provide welfare facilities to estate workers and its institution is delighted to carry out this Eye camp with HelpAge as a part of its employee welfare programme.

He also highlighted that the PHDT is grateful to HelpAge and said he wished to extend this partnership even in the future for the benefit of poor estate workers.

PHDT, Health Director Dr. Sumith Ananda said the PHDT conducts various other projects to estate workers and their families, especially in the areas of education, healthcare and livelihood projects.

HelpAge, Executive Director Samantha Liyanawaduge thanked PHDT for organizing this Medical and Eye camp and added that HelpAge has been conducting this free cataract surgery programme over the past 33 years and requested corporate and other organizations to work together with HelpAge to make this programme a success.

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