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Diabetic Retinopathy Programme Launched at Greater Portmore HC

Nov 28, 2018  |  Kingston

Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health listens keenly to the instructions of the screener/grader before being screened for Diabetic Retinopathy. Looking on are Ms. Maureen Golding (right), Regional Director, SERHA and Dr. Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive, The Queen's Jubilee Diamond Trust.

The Diabetic Retinopathy Programme was launched at the Greater Portmore Health Centre in St. Catherine on November 28, 2018.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness, resulting from damage of the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissues at the back of the eye (retina).

Screening for the disease is currently being provided at the Hagley Park Health Centre in Kingston, and Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence in St. Thomas in the South East Regional Health Authority.

The project is funded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust of the United Kingdom.

Diabetic retinopathy affects up to 80 per cent of persons who have had diabetes for 20 years or more.

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