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China ‘Bright Journey’ medical mission to provide cataract surgery, clinical services in Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

For approximately two weeks (May 18-28), China's 'Bright Journey' Medical Mission will be in Jamaica, providing varying health services to thousands of Jamaicans free of cost.

"The Ministry of Health welcomes this visit by the 'Bright Journey' Medical Mission, which is another demonstration of the strong partnership between the Jamaican Government and the People's Republic of China," said Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson.

"We are very pleased that the Chinese government saw it fit to lend us their expertise, which will see a number of people benefiting from cataract surgery, among other clinical activities."

Acting through the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese ophthalmology medical team, which comprises six medical doctors and two nurses, will be providing free cataract surgical operations and clinical activities, as well as carrying out academic exchanges with Jamaican health-care personnel.

While in Jamaica, the medical team will be based at the Kingston Public Hospital and expects to perform 200 surgeries. Selection of patients for surgery is being done by members of the Ministry of Health and the Chinese teams, using screening criteria for patients previously reviewed in the health system islandwide.

The Chinese government will also be donating equipment and supplies for the Ophthalmology Department at the Kingston Public Hospital valued at over US$390,000.

This is the 'Bright Journey' Medical Mission team's first visit to Jamaica.