Cuba sends 18 ophthalmologists to Jamaica

Cuba envía 18 médicos oftalmólogos a Jamaica

HAVANA, Nov 28. In the midst of the crisis in the island’s health system, the Cuban government continues to export doctors, this time 18 ophthalmologists to Jamaica.“Nine members of the Cuban Eye Care team arrived on the island in July and are currently working at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The rest of the 18-member team is waiting to come to Jamaica in November,” said the Minister of Health and Wellness of that Caribbean country, Dr. Christopher Tufton, in statements reported by local media Loop.

The resumption of the Jamaica-Cuba Eye Care Program was announced by the Cuban authorities at the end of last year.

“Clients enrolled in the Jamaica-Cuba Eye Care program are now being contacted to determine if there is still a need for surgery. So far, 6,458 clients have been evaluated and 5,863 are considered still in need of surgery,” the minister added.

The agreement includes collaboration between Cuban specialists and the ophthalmology departments of the main hospitals in Jamaica; equipment maintenance support; and sharing knowledge with local doctors.

“So far 528 patients have been evaluated and 155 are preparing for cataract surgery; 132 have been examined for Diabetic Retinopathy and 180 laser treatments performed; and 10 pterygium surgeries have been performed,” Tufton said.

Last September, Cuba expressed its willingness to help control the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Jamaica, after a dengue epidemic broke out in that country.

That same month, and despite the shortage of teachers in Cuba, the regime also offered to supply teachers to Jamaica, after more than 1,000 teachers from that country left the education system to seek better-paying jobs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Orient.