KHARTOUM, — A team of Chinese ophthalmologists has started to perform free cataract surgery for Sudanese patients in Khartoum as part of a medical co-operation programme between the two countries.

Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health organized a ceremony at a local eye hospital on Monday to inaugurate the therapeutic Light Programme.

“This therapeutic programme indicates the level of the distinguished ties between Sudan and China and their co-operation in what brings benefit for the two peoples,” said Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, the Sudanese official in charge of maintaining Sino-Sudanese relations.

“Sudan and China are tending to make their relationship comprehensive and strategic in all fields. We hope this practical application would push the bilateral ties to a strategic level with mutual benefits,” he said.

According to Sudan’s Federal Minister of Health, Bahar Idriss Abu Garada, the Light Programme aims to conduct 1,000 free eye surgeries at an average of 30 operations a day.

“We launch the Light Program which tends to conduct 1,000 eye surgeries by Chinese ophthalmologists, using the most modern medical devices, as part of the National Programme for Combating Blindness,” the minister said.

Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Li Lianhe reiterated China’s concern with enhancing ties with Sudan in all fields and reviewed the health co-operation between the two countries starting about 50 years ago.

“The Light Programme represents one of the practical steps that the Chinese government adopts in line with the outcomes of Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. It incarnates the idea of the Chinese side towards co-operation with the African countries according to the principles of devotion, true results, convergence and honesty,” Li said.

The visiting Chinese medical team includes 15 ophthalmologists, surgeons, surgery assistants and medical technicians.

Source: Name News Network