KUCHING: Two ophthalmologists received Vocational Service Award from the Rotary Club of Kuching Central yesterday.
They were Dr Intan Gudom, state consultant ophthalmologist and head of the Ophthalmology Department at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Dr Mohd Aziz Salowi, ophthalmologist with special interest in cataracts.
Both, attached with SGH’s Eye Clinic, had consistently participated in the Rotary Avoidable Blindness project by doing cataract operations on the under-privileged of Sarawak.
They performed surgeries from 7.30am to 10pm during many of their weekends to help the less fortunate regain their sight.
According to public relations chairman of Rotary Club of Kuching Central, Andre Suharto, both Dr Intan and Dr Aziz spent their weekends providing free cataract operations for the people of Betong, Sri Aman, Serian, Lundu, Sematan and Pulau Bruit.
Andre said the recent session for Pulai Bruit early last month was particularly challenging as there was no medical facility on the island, and all 30 patients had to be transferred to Daro for the operation.
The vocational awards were presented by Rotary International District 3310 Governor Zainie Abdul Aucasa, witnessed by President Juergen Ertl and Service Projects chairman Alan Poh.
At the same ceremony, the Club presented SK Nanga Klassen, located some 20km from Sri Aman, with 20 bicycles that were meant for deserving students. The school also received assistance in de-worming and eye-screening for 130 primary school students.
President Juergen Ertl handed over the bicycles to headmaster Masan @ David Renang. For more information on Rotary Club of Kuching Central, visit www.kuchingcentralrotary.org.