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Apr 8, 2009

Venezuelan Govt gives free eye care for Belizeans

Story PictureThe Venezuelan government is embarking on a multimillion dollar project called Operacion Milagros or in English, Mission Miracle, which intends to improve the eye sight of Belizeans. Cuba has a similar ongoing eye project in Belize and the rest of the region. A team of doctors from Venezuela will come to Belize on a private flight next week to screen Belizeans who will need surgery for eye disorders such as cataracts and terigium. The jet will return to Venezuela with one hundred Belizeans. According to Emerson Guild, the Social Coordinator for the Venezuelan embassy, the flight, surgery, hotel and additional expenses will all be covered by the Hugo Chavez government.

Emerson Guild, Social Coordinator, Venezuelan Embassy
“Today I am here to put the message out to the Belizean Public that the Mission Miracle from Venezuela is actually taking off at the end of this month. And we’re gonna be traveling with some hundred patients and coordinators from different part of the country to deliver a service to the Belizean public in the area of eye surgery; cataract and terigium to be specific. Some people are asking for other help and we’re trying to organize that also but at this time we’ll only be dealing with cataract and terigium.”

Jose Sanchez
“Are you gonna go looking for people or you expect them to contact you?”

Emerson Guild
“Well, at this time we have a data base of little of over a thousand people who have registered and say they have some different form ailment with their eyes and we have a team of doctors coming to Belize from Venezuela to start screening from that thousand, the first hundred that will fly to Venezuela for surgery. That starts on the fourteenth.”

Jose Sanchez
“How can people get involved?”

Emerson Guild
“Through the city councils, through the Ministry of Health and also they can call directly to the Venezuelan Embassy 822-8324. We’ll definitely do our best to out them on the program.”


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