Mission Miracle Marks 10th Anniversary

Havana (ACN) – From July 10, 2004, to date, Mission Miracle has benefited almost two million 600,000 persons of 34 countries, announced Dr. Reinaldo Ríos, Head of the National Ophthalmology Group of the Public Health Ministry.

In an exclusive interview with ACN, the medical director of the Ramón Pando Ferrer Cuban Ophthalmology Institute in this capital and founder of this program led by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, highlighted that an important number of these patients was operated on for cataracts and other eye problems, like pterigium and strabismus, among others.

No country has contributed to the struggle for the prevention of blindness in the area like Cuba, by way of Mission Miracle, specified the specialist, adding that the development of national ophthalmology, equipped with the highest technology, is acknowledged internationally.

At present, there are 43 Eye Centers in 13 states, with 55 surgical posts, where patients from over 30 nations are seen, pointed out Ríos.

According to the World Health Organization, Mission Miracle, aimed at operating on, free of charge, persons of scant economic resources suffering from blindness or correctable visual deficiency, takes on vital importance if we take into account that there are over 135 million visually impaired persons in the world, in addition to more than 40 million people that are blind due to preventable causes, over one million and a half of which are children less than 16 years of age.