The People’s Association Community Spirit (PACS) Awards are presented to corporates or organisations that partner the North West Community Development Council (CDC) in community initiatives, as well as employers of grassroots leaders who support their staff’s involvement in grassroots organisations.
For the 2020 edition of the PACS Awards,
SNEC was selected as an awardee for its participation in the Project I-Care @ North West programme, which brings complimentary professional eye screening to the vulnerable elderly, with the objective of safeguarding their vision and improving their quality of life.
The award was presented on 19 March 2021 by Mr Chan Chun Sing, who was Minister for Trade and Industry, and Deputy Chairman of the People's Association.
Dr Allan Fong, Head and Senior Consultant,
Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department, received the award on behalf of SNEC.
Over the past 17 years, the Project I-Care @ North West programme has nurtured a 'Caring Community' of over 100 professional eye specialists and 1,000 dedicated volunteers. More than 3,200 eye screenings for theseniors living in the North West District have been conducted.
SNEC has played a big part in providing eye screening for these elderly to assess if they require further checks or treatments. The doctors sacrifice their personal time to volunteer for this service so that those who are notable to travel to the eye centre can have easy access to quality eye care.
Forty percent of the elderly screened were found to have visual problems, such as cataract, glaucoma and other age-related eye diseases. While the majority of cases are benign, there have been instances where the eyesightof a patient was saved only because of the timely detection and swift follow-up actions of the eye care professionals on-site.
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