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Nepali doctors in Tibet

August 13, 2009

Kantipur Report
August 11, 2009

KATHMANDU, Aug 11 -- A team of eight Nepali
doctors treated the eyesight of 172 cataract
patients in the past week in Tibet, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The medical team concluded its mission on
Saturday. Tibet, with an average altitude of more
than 4,000 m, has the highest cataract incidence
rate in China because of extra-strong ultraviolet
rays, according to Testen Dorje, head of Lhasa Institute of Eye Care.

The doctors were invited to Tibet by the Tibet
Development Foundation to conduct surgeries for
patients and train local doctors at the Lhasa
Institute of Eye Care, a local non-governmental organisation.

"Our work is a gift from the Nepali people to the
Chinese," said Sanduk Ruit, director of Tilganga
Institute of Ophthalmology, the implementing body of the Nepal Eye Programme.
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