Cuban doctors performed 600,000 eye surgeries in Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia (South Journal) — Cuban doctors have performed over 600,000 eye surgeries in Bolivia over the past five years as part of the Operation Miracle free-eye-surgery program, according to Bolivian health authorities.

The work of Cuban doctors also improved or returned the sight to citizens from Argentina, Peru, Paraguay and Brazil, DPA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Over the past five years, Operation Miracle has benefited 600,105 Bolivians, 48,255 Brazilians, 35,245 Argentineans, 22,280 Peruvians and 312 Paraguayans.

Bolivian health minister Nila Heredia stressed the work of Cuban, Venezuelan and Bolivian medical brigades, which are identifying 85 physically or mentally impaired persons in different Bolivian regions. “

The Solidarity medical mission named after Moto Mendez (a Bolivian hero from Tarija) has identified at least 20,000 mentally impaired persons, while others suffer from physical disabilities like deafness or blindness, said the minister.

The result of this work, which has taken place for the first time in Bolivia, suggests the creation of occupational, education and rehabilitation programs in the country, said Heredia and noted that the medical brigade is made up of different specialists who carried out diagnoses and further treatment of the patients.

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12 Comments

  1. Woodfordhill girl
    September 8, 2011

    People don’t bash uba thank them be grateful,I’m just saying!!

    • Woodfordhill girl
      September 8, 2011

      I meant Cuba

  2. ineedfree
    September 8, 2011

    us/uk do bring down some second hand glasses for some people and then that makes BIG news

  3. Chakademus
    September 7, 2011

    All of allyou miss the point. It’s true that they have been very generous to us, it’s true that everyone loves freeness, and I wish the Cuban people all the best. My question however was why is DNO suddenly posting all these pro-Cuba puff pieces. I only ask because I notice an increase in Cuba related news recently.
    Concerning D/a Massive’s warning to watch my mouth, Dominica is still a democratic country with freedom of expression, right?

    ADMIN: Two stories about Cuba and all of a sudden “DNO suddenly posting all these pro-Cuba puff pieces. I only ask because I notice an increase in Cuba related news recently?” If we publish two stories of something else, someone else going to start complain. Geez….if you don’t like an item, just ignore it. We are sure if we post two negative stories about Cuba, you would be singing our praises. What is it with some of you people? Look like positive things turn you all into negative. SMH!!!!

    • ineedfree
      September 8, 2011

      the tick is for dno

  4. D/a Massive
    September 7, 2011

    Yow partner watch your mouth about Cuba, because without that country there would be much less qualified doctors, nurses, engineers, draftsmen, accountants, to mention a few around the Caribbean right now. Cuba has always played its part and will continue to do so in the expectation of the lifting of its embargo which is over 40 years old now.
    The most educated country in the world, CUBA. PATRIA O MUERTE; VENCEREMOS! VIVA CUBA VIVA FIDEL VIVA RAUL.

    • Doctor
      September 7, 2011

      Thank you Cuba, keep up the good work.

  5. Chakademus
    September 7, 2011

    What is this, DNO is now the propaganda arm of the Cuban gov’t or what? Surgeries happen all over the world all the time so what’s with this?

    • observant
      September 7, 2011

      Grudge all you want they are the best.

    • lulz
      September 7, 2011

      but you tehbeh or what? tell me which other country that ever give over a million eye surgeries for free

    • Doctor
      September 7, 2011

      What a jackass. How many such operations has the US or UK performed around the world and with all their resources?

    • kazimi
      September 8, 2011

      Whys is it propaganda? If it was the USA would you have said the same thing? By saying so, it is fair to assume that you are bias and would not like to see good news coming out from Cuba good is good and bad is bad. News is news regardless of what it is as long as it is true and not made up. Good or bad because I know not all Cuban news can are good. I hear both and you should not have single news source. Be an adult and filter what is going on.

      What have the government of the USA done for Dominica lately?

      I do not know and I wish I knew. I am not hating them people, but if you could point me to a source; I would love to read it. We can only thank the neighbor who gives us a cup sugar and not the one who did not.

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