Cuba donates four ophthalmological centers to Honduras

Campaign News | Sunday, 26 November 2006

Cuba has 150 doctors working in remote areas

TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 23 (NOTIMEX). - The Cuban government has announced its donation to Honduras of four centers for ophthalmological attention, with the goal of providing specialized care to population groups that lack access to this service.

An agreement on this donation was signed on Thursday, November 23 by Health Minister Yeny Meza and Ambassador Elías Alberto Polanco González.

According to the agreement, the clinics will be located in Tegucigalpa, in El Progreso -departament of Yoro-, Juticalpa -in Olancho- and San Marcos de Ocotepeque.

Since Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras in 1998, Cuba has maintained a brigade of 150 doctors in the country, and they provide their services in remote, rugged areas.

Nearly half a million people have received free eye surgery

Operation Miracle restores sight to 485,476 people

Havana, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) A total of 485,476 people from 28 countries have been benefited by the Miracle Operation, preserving or reestablishing sight to patients of low economic resources through the free surgeries.

A report of the Health Ministry to the recently-held Parliamentary Hearing analyzing the course of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, allowed knowing that 290,934 of them are Venezuelans.

The information was offered by the official of the Cuban Ministry Elia Rosa Lemus.

The Miracle Operation, created in Cuba and supported by Venezuela, has become a huge campaign of great social and humanitarian content and intends to reach the figure of a million surgeries per year.

At the beginning the operations were carried out in the Cuban hospitals but later and with the objective to make the service accessible for the large mass of people in need, centers with the same aim were opened in other countries.

Thus, there are 13 ophthalmologic centers in Venezuela where the operations are carried out successfully adding to the similar ones working in Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Bolivia.

The solidarity boosted by the Bolivarian Alternative in the fields of public health is also evidenced through the existence of numerous ophthalmologic mobile units assessed by Cuban experts and located in the Venezuelan humble zones.

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