Tropic Care serves 9,000

LIHUE — When doors to Tropic Care Kauai 2014 closed Thursday, 1,000 pairs of glasses which had been prescribed, had still not been picked up.

Those thousand people can still pick up their eyewear, though.

They’ll be available at the Department of Health building until Thursday between noon and 4:30 p.m., said Tommy Noyes of the DOH

“Working with the Kauai Medical Reserve Corps, the glasses are available to customers, now,” Noyes said.

Meanwhile, the health care program wrapped up on Kauai last week, and the numbers are in.

According to preliminary figures released by DOH more than 5,000 pairs of glasses were created by trained military professionals during the 11-day Tropic Care Kauai where people could receive free eye, dental and other medical services.

Noyes said during Tropic Care, which ran from June 16-26, more than 9,000 patients received more than 22,000 medical services and procedures.

“This is more than 1,000 people (more) than the 8,000 patients who received service during the Tropic Care Kauai 2012,” Noyes said. “During that event, we hosted nearly 400 military professionals for the Instant Readiness Training program. This year, we had nearly 300 people doing more service.”

Noyes said the 300 military personnel were welcomed with “warm aloha” throughout the island, many community businesses and organizations offering gifts of food, aloha and other tokens of appreciation.

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