Tuesday, September 19, 2017

China medical teams conduct free eye surgery in Yangon

The Yunnan People Foreign Friendly Association’s medical teams kicked off a free eye surgical treatment at Sitagu Shwe Pyi Hein Eye Hospital in Yangon on Saturday, the seventh time it was held in the country.

Medical teams from the Yunnan People Foreign Friendly Association perform eye surgery at Sitagu Shwe Pyi Hein Eye Hospital in Yangon. Photo - Chinese EmbassyMedical teams from the Yunnan People Foreign Friendly Association perform eye surgery at Sitagu Shwe Pyi Hein Eye Hospital in Yangon. Photo - Chinese Embassy

The project called “Brightness Action” started on August 19 and will last until August 22, according to organisers.

Jointly organised by Visakha Foundation, Sitagu Shwe Pyi Hein Eye Hospital and the China Yunnan Province Medical Teams the project was expected to treat 200 cataract patients throughout the country.

The Yunnan People Foreign Friendly Association’s medical teams, includes the Yunnan Friendship Foundation for NGO Network for International Exchanges, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan Province and the 2nd People’s Hospital of Yunnan Province.

U Pouk Soe, 70 years old, one of the cataract patients from of Magwe Region told The Myanmar Times, about his happiness to be able to avail of the treatment.

“I am very happy to get this opportunity which is free eye surgical treatment. I cannot see clearly when I contracted cataract on my left eye. I can’t afford to pay for operation for my eyes because I come from a rural area,” he said.

A cataracts surgery usually costs between K250,000 and K300,000. In Myanmar, a poor person cannot afford this amount.

Yang Sheu Zheng , Attaché of Chinese embassy in Yangon said “Eye is the window of soul. The loss of sight is the loss of sense on the environment. So, the ‘Brightness Action’ helps the cataract patients to regain their vision again by repairing the damaged eyes. I believe this project can support our two countries relations.”

The Yunnan Friendship Foundation is enhancing the Paukphaw relations between two countries as much as possible. The Foundation will continue performing as charitable work to increase public interest in future, said Zhou Hong, chair of the Yunnan Friendship Foundation for NGO Network for International Exchanges and leader of China Yunnan Province Medical Teams.

“We will make great contribution for Myanmar as much as we can,” she said.

Under “Brightness Action” project, Yunnan Friendship Foundation for NGO Network for International Exchanges has conducted free cataract surgery for over 1400 patients for six successive years since 2013.

Cataracts are most commonly caused by aging but the disease may also occur due to trauma or radiation exposure or it can be present from birth. It can also occur following eye surgery for other problems.

Risk factors for the disease include diabetes, smoking tobacco, prolonged exposure to sunlight, and alcohol. Clumps of protein or yellow-brown pigment may be deposited in the lens reducing the transmission of light to the retina at the black of the eye. Diagnosis can only be made through an eye examination.