500 patients identified for eye surgery

Patients at the first day of ‘Miracle Mission’

Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux has revealed that over 500 patients have been identified for possible surgical intervention following Phase One of a Venezuelan Eye Care Programme in Dominica, dubbed “Miracle Mission”.

“I have been informed that almost over 2000 patients were screened, so far over 500 patients are being identified for possible surgical intervention and we are talking about patients with cataract and pterygium that is a corneal growth,” he revealed.

Dr. Darroux pointed out that the program was in no intended to substitute the ongoing ophthalmologic eye programme of Dr. Shillingford Ricketts who he said has been doing a tremendous job in Dominica.

“I know she is going through some personal issues now, family issues and I really want to wish her well…,” he said. “What we plan on doing is that patients who would have been on the waiting list for our local ophthalmologist for the past time, they would be given priority and any other would have to fit on the list.”

He said the Venezuelan team is expected to return in January to do the actual surgical procedures.

Meantime, Dr. Darroux thanked the Venezuelans for a successful completion of phase one of the Miracle Mission.

“You will recall that a few years ago that we had a similar mission where a number of our citizens would have been taken to Cuba, so this is the second leg of such a mission, this time being spearheaded by the Venezuelan medical authorities with assistance from Cuban counterparts,” he explained.

He thanked the Venezuelan friends as well as local Doctors and health personnel who started screening from the Roseau Health District and culminated in St Joseph.

The program was sponsored by the Governments of Venezuela and Dominica. It provides eye care for the less fortunate.

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  1. Wow
    December 14, 2016

    This is an embarrasment for Darroux. It shows there is truly no healthcare in Dominica . We have to wait on a US medical ship or Venezuelan Eye Care Programme to get eye care – once in a blue moon. There is a diabetic epidemic in Dominica and minimal education on the detriments of diabetes on vision etc. People can celebrate such stupidity like this and not see the bigger picture of sustainable healthcare.

  2. pues toutes D'cen aveg
    December 14, 2016

    . And, they are indeed fortunate. Venezuela and Cuba are to be thanked for their assistance.
    This statement speaks volumes. In epidemiology it is said in an epidermic one has to multiply the apparent # of cases by 10 to get the real idea of the extent of the issue in question. That having been said,
    it is clear to all and sundry why DA is the way she is. Corruption as never before,comparable only with the pirates during and post Columbus times with these modern day pirates masquerading as mins of gov’t
    so, really there are about 50,000 D/cans who cannot see totally or partially.
    No wonder we voted wrong in 4–5 elections.
    Let’s blame it on the rain- stars above Millie Vanille rather than on us plus the electoral commission manupilations.

  3. The Truth Be Told
    December 13, 2016

    . . . And, they are indeed fortunate. Venezuela and Cuba are to be thanked for their assistance. Remember, this help did not come from Canada and the US. Be thankful and grateful to these benefactors.

    • Moi
      December 14, 2016

      lol. boy we eh gwa in Dominica eh. Where did the ship that was here a few months ago come from?

      • freegid tree
        December 14, 2016

        Cuba nuh!! :lol:

      • Yes, that is how dumb these people are, but without the barrels filed with food from America sent home to feed some of their hungry guts they would die!

        How come they do not get food from Venezuela and Cuba? And how come every chance get they sneak into America pretending they came on vacation, and end up hiding like rats because they are illegal, why don’t they go to Cuba, and Venezuela, and live and work?

        Our people are the most ignorant and dumb people on the face of the earth! They do not remember the Hospital ship was in Dominica, for weeks treating people.

        We have yet to hear of one malpractice case they left behind, by the time the Cubans and Venezuelans finish operating on those five hundred people, some are going to go completely blind, a result of malpractice.

    • Shut up;

      Less than two years ago there was a hospital ship in Dominica offering medical treatment to Dominicans, there all sorts of specialists on that hospital, the majority of Dominicans are so damn dumb, they claim that America send people to Dominica to experiment on Dominicans.

      The another kind of Dominican wanted to know if they went to get medical help on the ship, they will get food also! That particular hospital ship, the United States have hundreds of them going around the world providing medical and assistance to the poor, and needy; and has been doing that for more than a hundred years.

      You are so smart, do some research. You all praise Cuba, while their quacks are in Dominica screwing up peoples’ Life’s. While the Cubans and Venezuelans are screwing up the life in Dominica, government ministers come to America, and go to the more developed nations of the world to get proper treatment.

      Dominican doctors go home to help labor government chase…

    • Continue Reading idiot Facts:

      Dominican doctors practicing medicine in America, go home to help the sick and needy for free, they take along with then medication. Skerrit government refuse to let them treat patients; instead they chase Dominica born doctors away saying they making ridiculous claims that the brought expired medication to give to people.

      None of the Cuban, and Venezuelan doctors you all are thanking can come to America, and practice medicine; the majority of could not pass the FSE. In Miami right now the are hundreds of Cuban doctors who escape Cuba and came her, and was never successful in passing the FSE never mind getting a license to practice in Florida, or any place in America.

      So, shut up just shut up, you are ignorant!

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