Mon, 12 May 2003

Free cataract treatment in Tangerang

TANGERANG: Hundreds of residents received free cataract treatment from Friday to Sunday at the Balaraja community health center in Telagasari, Balaraja district, Tangerang regency.

The treatment was provided by the regency health agency, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy and the Association of Indonesian Ophthalmologists.

Agus, 35, a health center staff member, said that as of Saturday afternoon 280 cataract patients had come in for the free treatment. The patients came from numerous districts in the regency.

Subandi, 34, a resident of Sukamurni village in Balaraja, who was taking his father to the health center for treatment, said poor residents were very pleased with the program.

"We hope free treatment will not only be provided for cataract patients but also for those suffering from other illnesses," he said. --JP