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Franciscan hospital corrects cataracts

Franciscan hospital corrects cataracts
Doctors perform free cataract surgery on Sunday in Yogyakarta
Bambang Sugiharto, Kulonprogo

March 21, 2011

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A Catholic hospital run by Franciscan nuns in cooperation with a group of ophthalmologists, a traditional medicine company, and some donors from Jakarta, offered free cataract surgery to poor people in Yogyakarta, Central Java. A team of 16 doctors joined the Union of Eye Specialist Doctors in Yogyakarta on March 20 to operate on 50 people with cataracts in St. Joseph Hospital in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta. “This is the second program. We organized similar program last September,” Doctor Agustinus Soebagjo, the hospital’s director, said. The Catholic layman said 110 people had registered for the rare opportunity, but only 50 patients were operated on. The program was run until Sunday midnight. He also said many people responded to the program as it was announced during Sunday Masses and through local government institutions. “We do not care about patients’ religious backgrounds. We serve them all,” he said. IJ13700.1646
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