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HCEF Holds an Eye Examination Day for theBirzeit Community at its BSCC Center.

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, in cooperation with St. John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, conducted eye examinations at the Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC) on Saturday, 20/11/21. The 47 recipients were given medical evaluations that included vision examination, strabismus assessment, measurement of eye pressure, and retinal examinations for diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, infections, and eye allergies. An individualized medical report was written for each person.

Ms. Najwa Khoury, Director of the Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center, indicated that the medical day included a preliminary examination to detect eye diseases. Simple cases received appropriate treatment to avoid future complications, and cases with advanced problems were referred to St. John’s Eye Hospital for follow-up and treatment. Accordingly, the necessary hospital appointments were arranged for each advanced case, which included an in-depth medical examination and the formulation of a treatment plan.

This day-long event was attended by a group of staff members of St. John’s Eye Hospital, consisting of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals from the hospital. It was a part of the program of mobile clinics carried out by St. John’s Hospital in all governorates of the country. The mobile clinics target various categories of medical care, including ophthalmology.

Sir Rateb Rabie, HCEF president and CEO, explained that organizing such a medical activity at BSCC reflects the goals and vision of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and embodies its mission. Moreover, such an activity implements the BSCC management’s interest in contributing to the development of Palestinian society and serving the Palestinian community in general. The Ramallah community and its villages in particular provide free medical services, whether in ophthalmology or other medical fields.

We extend our sincere thanks to the management, employees, and members of the BSCC for hosting the medical staff from St. John’s Hospital, who supervised the day’s activities, and for coordinating with Sarah Al-Rimawi—who is in charge of the community-based rehabilitation program—to meet the needs of the population by implementing this vitally important medical service for elders.


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2022-01-23T23:19:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2022|Categories: Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC) News, Press Releases - 17th Conference|