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KOTH-KAHAC Launch Teleophthalmology Program in White Dog

The Kenora area First Nations communities are one step closer to diabetes eye care thanks to the recent launch of KAHAC’s Teleophthalmology Program. September 14 2006 marked the day Wassay-Gezhig Na Nahn dah we igami, also known as Kenora Area Health Access Centre or KAHAC,launched thier first diabetes eye screening clinic at White Dog First Nation (Wabaseemoong Independant Nation).

Partnering with KO Telehealth, and headed by KAHAC Diabetes Nurse Clinician Laurie Ann Marshall, the program will offer clients with diabetes the chance to have an eye specialist appointment without leaving their community! Along with state of the art teleophthalmology, which KOTH has been providing for 3 KO communities successfully for more than 2 years, the program offers a comfortable opportunity for clients to learn more about their diabetes and how to prevent complications.The excellent colaboration of the KAHAC team as well as White Dog Health liason persons made this first event a success.”In 2006 no-one in Canada should go blind from retinopathy, yet it is still happening. With teleophthalmology our communities have better access to the eye specialists who can help prevent this type of diabetes complication,”stated Nancy Muller, KOTH Teleophthalmology Coordinator. Laurie Ann Marshall knows how long it has taken for this program to become available to the First Nations. She was involved in one of the very first Teleophthalmology Project while Director of Patient Services in Moosinee over 10 years ago.

(see link for more info:www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/168/2/160)

Together, and with the recent interest of the CNIB Mobile Eye Care Program, we hope to make this type of program available to all FN in our part of Ontario.

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