More than 60 voluntary doctors and nurses from the 175 Hospital under the Ministry of National Defence and the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital are providing free eye surgeries and eye tests for soldiers, poor people and Overseas Vietnamese in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from September 21-24.

The programme, conducted for the 11th time with the coordination of the 179 Hospital under the Cambodian Defence Ministry is expected to give free cataract surgery to 350 patients and provide medicines to 200 others.

Addressing the launching ceremony, General Ly Sovan, Director of the 179 Hospital highly valued the help of the Vietnam People’s Army, the 175 Hospital and the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, and their support in technology transfer, personnel training as well as equipment for the Cambodian healthcare sector and the 179 Hospital in particular.

Such programmes reflect the solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the armies and peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia, said Ly Sovan.

During the past 5 years, the voluntary doctors and nurses have performed free eye operations for more than 3,000 poor patients and offered free eye tests for thousands of others in Cambodia.-VNA