The rating and subsequent awarding of a Certificate of Acknowledgement was announced by the Fred Hollows Foundation of New Zealand during the 10th Annual Ophthalmic Clinicians Refresher Workshop in Port Moresby from 4th – 6th June 2019.
The certificate was awarded for “Exceptional Clinical Performance for three years by statistics” in recognition of its efforts in checking and treating eye patients who sought its services during this period.
Mt Hagen Hospital’s eye specialist, Dr Waimbe Wahamu and three of his eye clinic nurses – Regina Ken, Esther Nii and Judith Dupi – who attended the workshop received the certificate on behalf of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority.
The three nurses also presented papers on their respective areas of responsibility during the three-day workshop which was held for the first time outside of Madang where the Fred Hollows Foundation is based.
Sisters Regina Ken and Judith Dupi presented papers (cases) on Eales Disease and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus respectively while Sr. Heather Nii presented an audit paper on admissions of eye patients at Mt Hagen Hospital in the last 3 years.
The nurses said participants from other hospitals also presented papers on various topics such as examining, diagnosing and treating patients as well as doing refractions and ordering spectacles and they had learnt quite a lot from the workshop.
Upon their return, the nurses presented the certificate to the Chief Executive Officer of the WHPHA, Mr. David Vorst. They also presented a Fred Hollows T shirt as a token of appreciation for allowing them to participate at the workshop.