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Joint Cuba-Venezuela 'Operation Miracle' benefits more than 1.5 million people
Published on October 8, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 1.5 million surgeries to correct eye conditions have been performed since 2004 , as part of Mission Milagro (Operation Miracle), a humanitarian and social program created by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela.

Venezuelan program coordinator Manuel Pacheco told Venezuelan News Agency the program has treated 158,515 people suffering mainly from pterygium, cataracts and strabismus this year .

Currently, about 5,000 patients are operated on each week in Venezuela -- that’s the same amount of people who received treatment in a year there before the program started.

These services have also helped more than 33,000 people from Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina.

The Mission’s ophthalmologists and optometrists attend at scheduled medical appointments in each country.

The program was first implemented on July 2004 to offer free service to the poor people with visual health problems.

Initially, more than 200,000 patients traveled to Havana per year, where they underwent surgery, while the Venezuelan government implemented an investment plan to refurbish local hospitals.
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