CUBA’S "OPERATION MIRACLE" TREATS MORE THAN ONE MILLION PATIENTS IN 2007 - 12 Jan 2008
CUBA’S "OPERATION MIRACLE" TREATS MORE THAN ONE MILLION PATIENTS IN 2007
CARACAS, Venezuela, Saturday, January 12th, 2008 (ABI)
- In 2007 one million three thousand two hundred eighty-eight people
from 31 countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa were
treated through the Cuban eye surgery program called "Operation
Operation Miracle is a joint health programme between Cuba and Venezuela, set up in April 2004.
Currently it has 49 ophthalmologic centres, 82 surgical
procedures and 876 doctors, according to AFP news agency and cited by
state-run news agency ABN.
Likewise, both countries’ aim is offer free
ophthalmology operations to an estimated 6 million people in Latin
America and the Caribbean by 2016.
Figures have been presented at the 2008 National
Ophthalmology Congress in Cuba where 500 specialists, included
Ecuadorian and Argentinean representatives affiliated to the programme,
attended the event.
Over 300 researches on refractive surgery, cornea, cataract and glaucoma, among others are being analyzed,
One of the sensitive issues is Cuban Doctor’s
participation in the programme since physicians from countries like
Bolivia, Uruguay and Honduras have protested over Cuban medics offering
free care in rural areas. The doctors said the Cubans take jobs away
from unemployed doctors.
Cuban administration affirmed that they don not understand the programme’s social aim.
But, it is clear the health programme’s objective is
just to preserve and recover vision of low income Latin American and