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Project to treat eye diseases in Mekong Delta

Update: January, 22/2016 - 15:40

Thousands of children and people over the age of 50 in Can Tho and Ca Mau will get treatment for eye diseases. – Illustration/ VNA Photo

CAN THO (VNS) — Standard Chartered Bank and Orbis International in Viet Nam yesterday started a project to treat eye diseases among children and the elderly in the Mekong River Delta region.

The US$1 million project will be conducted in the southern provinces of Can Tho and Ca Mau from 2016 to 2018.

Tran Huong, national director of Orbis International in Viet Nam, said the project aimed to treat eye problems among 200,000 children and people over the age of 50 at a low cost.

It also aims to conduct 2,000 eye operations and provide refractive shift treatment to 120,000 patients.

The project will also help two provinces to set up services to take care of children's eyes.

There is a high rate of eye diseases among children in the Mekong River Delta region. More than one million children have short-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. — VNS

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