The Venezuela-funded Miracle Mission will return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) from Feb. 8to14 to conduct free visual testing with the aim of helping persons with limited resources who have vision problems, mainly caused by cataracts and pterygium.
Testing will take place from 9 a.m. at the following locations:
• Sunday, Feb. 9: Kingstown Clinic
• Monday, Feb. 10: Georgetown Medical Complex
• Tuesday, Feb. 11: Buccament Polyclinic
• Wednesday, Feb. 12: Bequia
• Thursday, Feb. 13: Mesopotamia
• Friday, Feb. 14: Chateaubelair
Head of the Venezuelan Mission in Kingstown, Francisco Pérez Santana, along with the Permanent Secretary of Health, Cuthbert Knights and his team of medical professionals, met to determine the logistical needs and work agenda of the Venezuelan ophthalmologists who will arrive in SVG this month.
Pérez Santana announced that the Miracle Mission will be in different communities of St. Vincent carrying out visual diagnosis from Feb. 8to 14, with four Venezuelan doctors to, first, detect conditions such as cataracts and pterygium.
“In this new stage of the Miracle Mission a total of four phases will be carried out. The first is the visual diagnosis to determine the needs of the patient; the second phase is the selection of patients who will do the exams required for the preoperative phase; the third is the surgical intervention and, finally, the postoperative evaluation of the patient”.
In SVG, through the cooperation programme between member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America — Peoples’ Trade Agreement (Alba-TCP), the Bolivarian Government, through the Miracle Mission, has carried out 310 surgical interventions mainly on persons who with conditions of cataracts and pterygium; Pérez Santana reported.
Knights, on behalf of the Government of SVG, expressed his willingness to carry out this new stage of the Venezuelan mission as part of the bilateral agenda of these countries.
This new cycle of the mission is carried out within the framework of the re-promotion of the PetroCaribe Regional Integration Agreement, ordered by the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and has as its final objective to assist 1,998 patients from the five countries that make up this agreement, of which more than 400 persons will benefit from SVG.