Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Dr. Angella Mattis, is reporting that the Bright Journey Medical Mission team has completed almost 200 cataract surgeries in the first week and a half of the mission.
The 50-member team from China, comprising ophthalmologists, nurses, and technical support staff, which arrived in the island on March 27, is looking to perform surgeries on more than 500 Jamaicans at the KPH up to April 27.
Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Dr. Mattis said just over 50 per cent of patients screened have been deemed fit to have the procedure done.
She explained for the other persons, who did not qualify for surgery, this was due to co-morbid conditions that were not under control.
These include glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The Bright Journey Medical Mission first visited Jamaica in 2015.
It is part of a commitment made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to CARICOM leaders in 2013 to expand public health cooperation with Caribbean countries.