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Eye team vow to return next year

Eye team vow to return next year

T EAM of Pakistani doctors, who earlier treated and restored the sight of hundreds of blind people in Phnom Penh, wrapped up their mission in Cambodia after holding a similar eye camp clinic in Kompong Cham.

The team performed 400 cataract operations and 4,000 eye examinations during the Kompong Cham clinic held from Sept 9-16, according to Assem Zoubaa, secretary of Umm El Qura International Humanitarian Association.

The Saudi Arabian NGO spent $200,000 funding the two clinics at which hundreds of patients camped while awaiting treatment.

Zoubaa said: "Before the team left the country I promised to the Minister of Health and the Kompong Cham provincial governor that they will come back again next year to help Cambodian people in the same way with eye problems."

Zoubaa said there was a great need for the team to return and from his surveys more than 1,000 people in Kompong Cham needed cataract operations or else they may become blind for the rest of their lives.

He said the team would return in September next year for between 10 to 30 days depending on the numbers attending the clinics. The team has been traveling through Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Southeast Asia holding the camps.

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