Lions Club makes public apology over eye exam confusion
Lions Club International Chief Operations Officer Lion in Sight, Dr. William “Bill” Iannaconne and Dr. Corina Van De Pol, Director of Permanent Clinics made a public apology and said it assumes the responsibility in the confusion during the free eye examination and provision of eye glasses yesterday (January 18) at the Nueva Vizcaya Convention Center.
“We apologize for the confusion over the last two days,” said Iannaconne in his public apology during a press conference this morning. “In the future, Lions in Sight will bring more doctors and more glasses and make sure nobody leaves without a pair of glasses,” he added.
Despite the light showers, more than 2, 000 Vizcayanos were lined up outside the convention centre as early as 6 o’clock in the morning of January 18 hoping to get a free examination and a pair of eye glasses.
“We did not anticipate this number, we were only expecting 200 patients,” said Iannaconne in the said press conference.
Dr. Augusto B. Valera Jr, Cardiothoracic Surgery / Critical Care also asked the public for consideration on the incident and assured that there are enough eye glasses for the Novo Vizcayano.
Meanwhile, an eye clinic sponsored by the San Francisco Lions Club (Nueva Vizcaya) was opened in the Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) to provide the same services for the public in coordination with the Provincial Health Integrated Officer (PIHO) Dr. Edwin B. Galapon and the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya.
According to Valera, although the clinic is on-hold due to legal procedures, operational planning and other preparations, he is hoping it will be opened to the public as soon as possible to cater to all the constituents of Nueva Vizcaya.
Rufo Macaraeg, together with his wife, Vem, who spearheaded the said activity, also extends their sincerest apology over the miscommunications among the media in the local radios.
“I felt bad to those whom we can’t accommodate today, but please be patient, our eye clinic will stay here forever,” said Macaraeg in his message.
Macaraeg said that there are about 40,000 glasses which were turned over to the PIHO for the eye clinic and awaiting to be properly processed and sorted.
“This is an eye opener for the Provincial Government, we realized we have a great number of constituents in need of eye examination and eye glasses,” said Governor Carlos M. Padilla during the press conference.
He also assured the public that the government will also integrate the same activity in the conduct of local medical missions spearheaded by Governor Padilla that will cater to the needs of Novo Vizcayanos in terms of eye health.
The said activity was sponsored by the San Francisco Fil-Am Lions Club, San Francisco- Nueva Vizcaya Lions Club and Tribu Vizcayano Lions Club. #k r i z e l