Free medical clinics to open during the summer in Kau, Puna

Free medical clinics to open during the summer in Kau, Puna

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Devon Tsai

Free medical clinics for those without medical insurance will be open to the public this summer as part of a military training exercise.

Tropic Care 2016 will run 3 clinics at Ka'u High and Pahala Elementary School and the Ocean View Community Center May 31-June 4 and Kea'au High School June 4-11.

"This is an opportunity to bring needed medical, dental and vision services to the districts of Ka'u and Puna," said Aaron Ueno, Hawai'i District Health Officer with the State of Hawai'i Department of Health. "These services are open to the entire island and we are hoping to do this again in the future with community support."

Tropic Care 2016 is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense and the state Hawai'i District Health Office, supported by the County of Hawai'i and the Ka'u Rural Health Community Association.

"We thank the Department of Defense and all the reservists for coming to Hawai'i Island and reaching out to our residents," said Karen Teshima, Executive Assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi. "This innovative program will benefit everyone involved, and will further our goal of keeping our community safe and healthy."

For more information on the project, contact the state Department of Health's Public Health Nursing Section at (808) 974-6035.

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