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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cubans have so far Performed 100,000 Free Eye Surgeries in Ecuador

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 2 (acn) Cuban doctors arrived on Tuesday to the figure of 100,000 free eye surgeries in Ecuador, by way of the Operation Miracle project.
The first Cuban ophthalmologists arrived in that South American country in October 2005 and for eight months saw over 12,000 patients in the province of Esmeraldas, of which 2,101 were operated on in Cuba, the Prensa Latina news agency reports.

In 2006, a first team made up by a doctor and two engineers rebuilt facilities in Latacunga and Ballenitas and turned them into modern eye centers, and later on they refurbished another building in Machala.

Until Monday, 35,321 surgeries had been performed at the Eloy Alfaro Center of Latacunga, in the province of Cotopaxi; 33,599 at Santa Elena’s Jose Marti Center; and 28,947 at the Machala-Cuba Solidarity Center in the territory of El Oro. These figures, including the first 2,101, and the 32 patients programmed for Tuesday, complete the figure of 100,000 patients operated on in that nation, where so far 152 Cuban medical voluntary workers have offered their services.

The coordinator of the Mission in Ecuador, Milagros Mata, congratulated these doctors and reiterated their commitment to continue contributing their best, offering high quality services for the benefit of the Latin American peoples.

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