Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Operation Miracle: Cuba's Gift to the World

Caribbean Net News

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN): Almost half a million poor people from 28 Caribbean and Latin American nations have benefited from Operation Miracle, a highly successful programme started by Cuba that provides free surgery to low income patients.

Cuban Public Health Ministry official, Elia Rosa Lemus, presented a report at a recent parliamentary hearing, in which she revealed that a total of 485,476 patients have been operated on, including 290,000 Venezuelans. In her review of the programme, she stressed that Operation Miracle, created by Cuba and supported by Venezuela, has turned into a giant humanitarian campaign.

Lemus noted that one in every 87 Venezuelans has already been treated, as well as one in every 213 Bolivians and one in every 60 citizens from Antigua and Barbuda.

The legislators heard about the progress of Operation Miracle as part of the agreements under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), which promotes solidarity and mutually beneficial social and economic development.

The initial eye operations took place exclusively at Cuban hospitals, but with the objective of extending the program, similar surgical facilities have been set up in other nations, always under the supervision of Cuban medical personnel.

Today, 13 ophthalmologic centers are in service in Venezuela, and similar facilities are providing services in Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Bolivia.

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