Free surgery gives clear vi­sion for Yan­gon res­i­dents

The Myanmar Times - - News - My­in­tkaythi@mm­times.com MYINT KAY THI

TWO hun­dred Yan­go­nites will be able to see more clearly thanks to the Bright­ness Jour­ney pro­gram spon­sored by the Yu­nan Friend­ship Foun­da­tion and the Visakha Foun­da­tion, which is pro­vid­ing free cataract surgery to peo­ple in need.

From Oc­to­ber 10 to 12, 100 pa­tients will re­ceive the free surgery at Yan­gon Eye Hos­pi­tal, with an­other 100 to re­ceive the treat­ment from Oc­to­ber 13 to 15 at Shwe Pyi Hein Darna Hos­pi­tal.

“We will pay for the medicine and use of the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties for the ben­e­fit of pa­tients and the hos­pi­tal,” said Cheng Yun Chuan, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bright­ness Jour­ney pro­gram.

“We also plan to pro­vide free cataract surg­eries, through the pro­gram, for peo­ple in Sa­gaing Re­gion in De­cem­ber,” he added.

The Yu­nan Friend­ship Foun­da­tion, a Chi­nese or­gan­i­sa­tion, be­gan the Bright­ness Jour­ney pro­gram in Myan­mar in 2013. Since then over 900 free cataract surg­eries have been pro­vided to pa­tients in Man­dalay, Taung­gyi and My­itky­ina town­ships.

The Visakha Foun­da­tion signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Yu­nan Friend­ship Foun­da­tion on Oc­to­ber 10 pledg­ing their sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion with the Bright­ness Jour­ney pro­gram.

The pro­gram pro­vides fund­ing for pa­tients’ med­i­cal costs, as well as trans­porta­tion costs for them and their fam­ily.

Ac­cord­ing to U Tin Win, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent at Yan­gon Eye Hos­pi­tal, six out of 1000 peo­ple in Myan­mar suf­fer from cataracts.

“Cataracts tend to oc­cur in old peo­ple and are a preva­lent dis­ease,” he said.

“The av­er­age cost of cataract surgery is around K30,000. Our hos­pi­tal some­times pro­vides free op­er­a­tions but we are un­able to pay for the pa­tient’s trans­porta­tion,” U Tin Win said.

The av­er­age cataract oper­a­tion only takes 15 to 20 min­utes to per­form, but re­quires pa­tients to take up to one month of rest be­fore they can re­sume nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Photo: Zarni Phyo

A pa­tient ex­its the oper­a­tion the­atre at Yan­gon Eye Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing cataract surgery on Oc­to­ber 10.

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