Inside the Orbis Flying Hospital. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
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For the first time ever, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has landed in Barbados.
And for the next two weeks the world's only United States accredited Teaching Hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, will provide training for local ophthalmologists, anaesthesiologists and other medical practitioners.
This is thanks to an invitation from the Opthalmological Society of the West Indies, supported by the Ministry of Health and hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
During the opening ceremony at the Grantley Adams International Airport this morning, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, thanks the Orbis international team for bringing what he described as a "unique experience "to Barbados.
"First proposed by the Opthalmological Society of the West Indies in 2016, the suggestion was embraced by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Ministry of Health threw its full support behind this endeavour," George said during his speech on behalf of ministry of health John Boyce.
"Two years later, here we are exhibition launch of the Orbis international regional skills training conference," he added. (AD)