Dear Barbados Free Press:
I am writing to you in the hope that you will publicise a disgrace which happening here in.
I know of a little boy has been off school for 2 weeks now. No, he is not ill, he has simply broken his glasses!
The optician who supplies the free spectacles for school children has suspended this service, as they have not been paid by the government for a full year. I understand that there are many tens of thousands of dollars outstanding!!!
Unfortunately, with the financial toll ofthe family has had no option but to keep the boy off school.
A free education is no use without the ability to see the chalkboard.
Also in the Nation News…
Not paying for glasses
Published on: 12/12/07.
I THINK the people of Barbados need to know what is going on at the Winston Scott Polyclinic.
My son was sent there, through his school, because his teacher noticed he could not see the chalkboard.
He was seen by a nice doctor who explained that the youngster was myopic and would need to wear glasses all the time and sit at the front
of the class.
After the eye test, he was given a prescription to get his free glasses, but I was told he could not get them as the polyclinic/Ministry of Health was not paying its bills to the company that was supplying glasses to schoolchildren.
I was very angry and upset about this as my son is sitting his 11-Plus examination in a few months’ time and cannot see. I was told to complain to the Minister of Health or my MP.
I went to the company that supplies the glasses and explained that the little boy’s eyes were very bad, he could not see. I begged the company to give him the glasses.
It was very understanding but could not help as it said it was not paid for 11 months by the polyclinic and could not pay its suppliers.
Maybe hundreds of children are unable to see because of this problem. The eye-clinic at Winston Scott Polyclinic is full of schoolchildren every day needing glasses.
– JAMAL BRATHWAITE
(Read this letter online at The Nation News – Link Here)