Dubai, UAE: A Dubai Health Authority (DHA) mobile eye clinic which conducted 4,857 free eye screenings and distributed 627 glasses to the underprivileged was honoured with the Dubai Government Excellence Programme Award on Tuesday.
The Mobile Eye Clinic provides free eye screenings for the needy and underprivileged members of the emirate such as the elderly, labourers, bus drivers and schoolchildren.
DHA won the ‘Outstanding Joint Government Project’ category for its Mobile Eye Clinic in collaboration with Noor Dubai and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.
Humaid Al Qutami, chairman of the Board and director-general of DHA, praised the work done, saying that it provides an incentive for all government departments to extend best services to the people of Dubai.
Dr Manal Al Taryam, chief executive officer of the DHA Primary health-care services sector, said: “We took a Roads and Transport Authority bus that was initially used for public transport and transformed it into two eye clinics. We provided free medication to those who need them while others who required surgery were referred to Dubai.”
Al Taryam said the mobile clinic made 28 visits and the cost of the project was Dh1 million.
Apart from the humanitarian objective behind the initiative others, other goals include reducing the number of visits to hospitals as well as diagnosing and preventing blindness among members of UAE’s society such as the elderly and labourers.
© Gulf NewsApr 2016