Bolivian Municipality Free of Preventable Blindness

2010.02.05 - 14:05:47 /

HAVANA, CUBA.-  Cuba’s cooperation has made it possible for the Bolivian municipality of Guayaramerin, in the Amazonian region of Beni, to be declared a territory free of preventable blindness.


The newspaper Cambio, from that Andean nation, reported that the proclamation of this achievement will be made in April 4, the Prensa Latina news agency reports.


So far, doctors from the archipelago that are incorporated to the Operation Miracle project have performed over 15,000 eye surgeries in Guayaramerin, on Bolivian and Brazilian patients.


On April 4 "the objective of the National Government and the Cuban Brigade will reach a satisfactory conclusion", affirmed Susel Gutierrez, head of the aforementioned project in that locality.


Since 2006, Cuban ophthalmology specialists have carried out in all of Bolivia a total of 486,585 surgeries, which have also benefited Argentineans, Brazilians, Peruvians and Paraguayans.


Operation Miracle is a Cuban-Venezuelan program of international cooperation for free eye treatment, and has the objective of restoring or improving the sight of patients of scant economic resources.


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