Chinese medical team, provided free cataract surgeries, to over 50 Nepali patients, in the last two days here, as part of programmes to strengthen medical cooperation between the two countries.
The medical team, under China's Shenzhen Chaoqing Charity, conducted the surgeries, the fifth of its kind, at the Manmohan Memorial Hospital on Saturday and Sunday, and members of the federal parliament and other Nepali officials joined the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, to visit the patients at the ward on Sunday evening (last night).
Among many, Purna Lal Maharjun, 83, who is from the town of Kirtipur, received the surgery on Sunday morning. In a brief interaction with the Chinese ambassador, Maharjan thanked China for making his vision clearer and sharper.
I had a problem in my left eye since months. I am able to see clearly everything now. I am very happy to receive the free operation by the Chinese doctors, Maharjan shared his happiness with the press.
Not just Purna Lal, his wife of the same age, Asta Maya Maharjan, who was sleeping on the adjoining bed, also underwent cataract surgery on the same morning.
Both my in-laws had eye-sight problem, thus they used to wear glasses. Today, both had operation together and can see clear again. China is a helpful neighbour, their daughter-in-law, Renu Maharjan, said.
The Chinese ambassador said, China has been sending medical teams to Nepal and also has been providing various training and scholarships to medical workers.
China would continue to promote medical cooperation with Nepal, she said.
According to Arniko Society, co-organiser of the event, as part of the medical cooperation programme, the Chinese charity has already helped more than 300 Nepalese patients, to regain eyesight and has conducted free eye check-ups of thousands of others, since the first such free eye operation service camp was held in 2014.
Expressing gratitude to the Chinese organisation, hospital chairman, Rajendra Pandey, said, the free camp has highly befitted the people from families with low incomes, who can not afford timely treatment.
China has been helping us in different sectors for our economic development and prosperity. This free camp is one of the examples, said parliament member, Pampha Bhusal.
Source: Nam News Network