|Kimse Yok Mu local affiliate Nepal-Turkish Foundation performed 2,000 cataract surgeries.|
Nepalese deputy-prime minister and minister of interior affairs Bam Dev Gautam presented a certificate of appreciation to the KYM officials. “We are grateful for the donations from Turkey,” Gautam said.
Nepalese doctors, KYM and Nepal-Turkish Foundation volunteers sometimes had to walk up to eight hours to far-flung villages of the country.
Nepal-Turkish Foundation official Olcay Senol spoke on their efforts in the cities Gorkha, Pokhara, Nepalgani and Biratnagar. “As the country is located on very high altitudes, people are exposed to sun light at a very high angle, which results in countless cataract patients. The disease is actually an easily curable one but it’s still the reason behind many blind eyes.”
“We’ve reached out all the way to villages. We are working in cooperation with 10 Nepalese doctors. They are in charge of the surgeries and we carry the equipment. Surgeries are taking place at hygienic spots we could find. We’ve done 2,000 surgeries so far and target 5,000. The local people are very happy to see us. They pray for Turkey in return.”
KYM has been offering surgeries in may parts of the African continent including Sudan, Chad, Cameron, Mali, Republic of Central Africa, and Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Guinea and Niger. Total number of the surgeries performed in 2014 is 30,180.
Published [in Turkish] on Bugun, 10 April 2015, Friday
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