I have had the pleasure of serving as one of Pacific Islands Medical Aid’s team members during two recent medical mission trips to the Line Islands. During my first mission I installed solar powered lighting in nurse’s examining huts in several villages on the three islands. Only two of the eight villages have electricity. Lighting is critical for the nurses to perform examinations and provide treatment during night time hours.
The second mission was to assist the teaching optometrist as he held a Primary Eye Care seminar for some 25 Line Island nurses and doctors. As well as take a survey of the population to determine the need for performing advanced eye care. The seminar was very successful in that the nurses and doctors are now able to determine the need for corrective eyewear and to detect advanced stages of eye disease and with properly supplied medicines apply treatment to help prevent the advancement of such diseases.
It was a pleasure to work along side the nurses and doctors of these remote islands in an effort to help them provide care for their sick and suffering. Their will to survive is exceeded only by their loving personalities.
The main focus of all our mission visits is to place medicines and medical supplies in the hands of the doctor and nurses so they may provide relieve to the suffering and prevent illnesses.