Over 300 people underwent free eye surgery at the Sitagu Eye Hospital (Cakkhudana) in Pakokku Township from 5 to 8 December.
A team of eye specialists, led by retired professor Dr. Mya Aung and Sagaing Township’s Sitagu Cakkhudana Hospital’s assistant medical superintendent, Dr. Mi Mi Khin, operated on 329 patients during the program. The surgeries were conducted in cooperation with retired ophthalmology professors from Yangon and Mandalay, and local eye specialists. The team also provided free treatment to 1,608 patients at the hospital. This was the third time free surgeries were organized at Pakokku Town’s Sitagu Cakkhudana Hospital. Doctors had provided free eye treatment to 1,501 patients and free surgery to 306 patients in the first time, and treated 2,183 patients and operated on 405 patients in the second time.
The third time free eye-treatment program covered patients from the Pakokku, Gangaw, and Thayet districts in Magway Region, and other townships from the southern part of Chin State. Free surgeries were conducted on patients who had registered with the medical team. Some local families also donated rice and curry to patients who came for eye treatment at the hospital.
There are a total of 32 Sitagu Cakkhudana hospitals and Sitagu Arojadana hospitals in Myanmar. Free eye operations were conducted in 24 hospitals.
—Salai Ko Ki
(Translated by Hay Mar)