Cubans doctors treat patients at
new ophthalmologic hospital
new ophthalmologic hospital was opened in Mixco,
municipality in the department of Guatemala, as part
of Operation Miracle, a program through which Cuban
specialists have treated 134,988 people since 2008.
Coordinator of the Cuban medical brigade, Manuel
Torres, stated to Presna Latina that the
Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social
Care, together with the Cuban collaborators,
established a strategic alliance with the
municipality of Mixco resulting in the inauguration
of the new hospital.
The clinic, commented Torres, will offer
ophthalmologic consultations to all those suffering
from visual problems; diagnosis; treatment;
laboratory tests; and pre and post operative care,
as well as surgical procedures for cataracts and
other eye diseases.
Fourteen Cuban professionals make up the healthcare
team, including the director; two specialists in
ophthalmology; two ophthalmologists; one general
doctor; four nurses; one theatre nurse; and one
optometrist, and electro-medicine and anesthesia
engineer, stated Torres.
With this new hospital, the country now has four
ophthalmology institutions, in which Cuban
healthcare professionals offer their services. The
other three are located in the municipalities of
Escuintla (central-southern region), Jalapa
(southeast) and Villa Nueva (central-southern), in
the department of Guatemala.
Guatemalan patient Ana Victoria Alarcón stated to
Prensa Latina that she came to the Villa Nueva
clinic on the recommendation of three neighbors who
previously had visual problems, but can now see
Hoping to receive treatment to improve vision in his
left eye, Ángel Muralles stated that news was going
around the city that the Cuban doctors were very
good and didn’t charge. (PL)