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China and Cuba have joined together to build an ophthalmologic hospital in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai.

The China-Cuba Friendship Ophthalmologic Hospital of Xining, the provincial seat of Qinghai, has a constructed area of 4,000 sq. meters, with 80 beds and a staff of 135, including 52 from Cuba, reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Under a ten-year cooperation agreement, Cuba will provide the hospital with equipment and experts while China puts up the physical space and other personnel. The hospital opens to the public this coming Tuesday.

Located at approximately 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 ft) above the sea level, the population of Qinghai has a large incidence of cataracts, a disease that can lead to blindness. The cold air, lack of oxygen and strong solar ultraviolet radiation are considered key factors.

Source: ACN

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