By Tommy Noyes
Residents of Kaua‘i will once again benefit from medical services provided at no charge during the Tropic Care Kaua‘i 2017 medical mission. This will be the fourth medical mission sent to Kaua‘i under the Innovative Readiness Training program.
IRT is a Pentagon program. Medical professionals and logistical support personnel serving in the military who are required to participate in two weeks of training annually can opt-in to this special mission.
The three main temporary clinics will be set up at ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School, Kaua‘i Community College, and Kapa‘a Middle School, and will open for patients on Monday, June 12. A mobile satellite clinic will be operated, first at Kilauea Elementary School June 12 to 15, then relocated to the Waimea Easter Seals building in Waimea June 17 to 21. All clinics operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except for Sunday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 21, when all clinics will close at 1 p.m.
From June 12 through June 21, all Kaua‘i Bus service islandwide will be free of charge to make attending a clinic possible for all.
Patients do not need to show any identification. The services provided at no cost to the patients include physical exams, physical therapy, dental exams, dental cleanings (limited number), dental fillings, tooth extractions, eye exams, and making prescription eyeglasses (single-focus lenses only).
These clinics are intended to assist people of all abilities. If you need more information, an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact the Kaua‘i District Health Office at (808) 241-3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days before the event.