A doctor is preparing for an operation. (Source: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA)
– A delegation of doctors from HCM City in collaboration with doctors of an eye hospital in Laos performed free eye surgery using Phaco technique on cataract patients in Vientiane from December 14-16. 

The surgery is part of the cooperation programme signed between the HCM City Eye Hospital and the Lao Central Eye Hospital in 2003.

Under the programme, 200 cataract patients will receive surgery each year. However, Vietnamese doctors decided to provide surgery for additional 100 patients at the request of the Lao Ministry of National Defence, bringing the total beneficiary patients to 300 this year.

The patients also receive free medications, lodging and travel cost and other consultation services.

Besides, the HCM City Eye Hospital doctors also trained their Lao colleagues on the Phaco technique.

In 2016, the hospital has helped trained six Lao eye surgeons. It plans to transfer the operation technique to nine more in 2017.-VNA