Tropic Care Kauai starts Monday

LIHUE — People on Kauai are reminded to take advantage of free health services at three sites around the island when Tropic Care Kauai 2014 opens its doors Monday.

Nearly 300 medical professionals serving in the nation’s military reserves will provide free medical care through June 26, said Tommy Noyes of the state’s Department of Health, one of the coordinators for the event.

People are able to obtain physical examinations, vision checks and glasses, dental care and more at three sites around Kauai.

On the Westside, a clinic will be at the Eleele Elementary School. The Kauai Community College will offer services for people in the central area and Eastside residents can visit a clinic set up at Kapaa Middle School.

The clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the 11-day period with the exception of June 22 when the clinics will close at 3 p.m.

“I encourage people to visit the clinics early,” Noyes said. “That way, if they need to have more than one procedure done, they are able to re-visit the clinics during the 11-day operation.”

Kauai Bus will also be offering free service islandwide while the program is running to help people take advantage of the opportunity.

Tropic Care provided more than 1 million dollars worth of medical services to more than 1,600 island residents when it visited in 2012.

The services are a part of the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training project, which provides real world deployment and readiness training opportunities to military members and units while also helping local, underserved populations by providing free health services.

 

Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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