Cuban doctors at Bolivian Health Fair
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- 08 / 28 / 2007
Cuban ophthalmologists participated in a health fair in the Bolivian Altiplano highland municipality of El Alto over the weekend, where they examined patients to detect cataracts and other sight disorders treated under the Operation Miracle program.
Since February 2006, more than 115,000 people on low incomes, including Argentineans, Peruvians, Brazilians and Paraguayans who crossed the border, have had their vision restored via surgery in 12 ophthalmology centers established in Bolivia, a service that is also being offered at mobile clinics.
The health fair was supported by the nursing school of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres of La Paz, and allowed residents of the region to receive free doctor's check ups in all specialties.
Isabel Gomez, coordinator of Cuban assistance to the Operation Miracle program, said the Cuban health specialists have received affection and gratitude from the population.
Commenting on the health fair, Gomez said it allows families living in rural areas to receive medical attention and information about available health programs.
Source: Radio Habana Cuba