18 December 2005
Cuba & Venezuela combine to give sight to millions
A dozen luxery hotels have been closed to tourists until July of next year to allow an estimated six million people from across Latin-America and the Carribean to receive free eye surgery. Most suffer from cataracts or other conditions that can easily be treated, if the patient has the money. That is the rub in these neoliberal times. . .
Cuba provides the medical facilities and Venezuela the petro-dollars to pay for it all. The plan was launched in July of this year following an agreement between Presidents Catsto Ruz and Chavez Frias, and planeloads of patients have been arriving since then. The taking over of the hotels means that yet more can be treated next year.
Cuba has one doctor for every 170 people. In the UK the figure is one for every 250.