Pediatric ophthalmology brigade cares for children and adolescents in the northwestern part of Pichincha
Guayabillas, October 2021 – As part of its Child Blindness Prevention program, last Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, Metrofraternidad carried out a new pediatric ophthalmological brigade. In this case, it was carried out in the northwest of Pichincha, where about 100 children and adolescents from communities such as Pacto, Mashpi, Pachijal and Guayabillas were attended. The objective was to evaluate the visual health of these minors through various check-ups or “screenings” and in turn detect cases that require ophthalmological surgery to avoid potential blindness or visual impairment.
Between Saturday and Sunday, four stations were set up, where five pediatric ophthalmologists attended to the patients and, based on what was detected, guided them in the type of treatment or follow-up that should be performed. In turn, several cases were identified that require surgery of medium or high complexity. In these cases, Metrofraternidad financially supports patients throughout the process, from their mobilization and lodging to the costs of surgery and subsequent treatment.
Since 2005 the Metrofraternidad Foundation has carried out 71 medical brigades of different specialties in various corners of Ecuador. The objective has been to support these vulnerable populations to receive quality medical care, and in turn, detect cases that require complex or specialty surgery to be performed at Hospital Metropolitano, with the support of its volunteer medical staff.
One of the most important health programs of Metrofraternidad are the medical brigades in rural areas with low access to quality and specialty health services.