The Miracle Mission, created in 2004 by Commander Hugo Chávez and Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, has operated on more than six million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, said Nicolás Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
In a joint radio and television broadcast from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the head of state said that a significant investment has been made in foreign currency, with the aim of “bringing the highest technology of ophthalmic technical science to the poor.
Of the total figure, Maduro detailed more than 3,000,000 are from Venezuela, 691,000 are Bolivian citizens; 171,000 are from Nicaragua; 153,000 are from Ecuador; 136,000 are from Guatemala, more than 52,000 are Argentine citizens, 40,000 are from Peru; more than 2,600 are Chileans, more than 61,000 are Brazilian citizens and 11,953 are Mexicans.
Similarly, Mission Milagro has operated 9,277 Colombians; 3,000 Costa Ricans; 67,730 Uruguayans; more than 50,000 Panamanian citizens; 28,000 Paraguayans; 37,998 Salvadorans; 15,000 from Guyana; and 62,000 Hondurans.
In this regard, the Venezuelan president suggested revising the figures as he is sure that many more have been operated on and he noted that the Miracle Mission has also operated on citizens in Suriname (6,295), Puerto Rico (8), Belize (3,077), as well as countries such as Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, among others.
In this sense, President Nicolás Maduro urged the Venezuelan authorities to make visible the actions that have been carried out during 20 years of Bolivarian Revolution and that have been made invisible by the right-wing media campaign against Venezuela.
“When did our peoples have the right to health? Never again and the Miracle Mission demonstrates an absolute willingness to invest, to bring the highest technology to the humble,” emphasized the Venezuelan president while ratifying his commitment to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA-TCP) to relaunch the Miracle Mission and go to the training of health specialists in the area of ophthalmology.
Faced with these facts, President Maduro stressed that at the moment, the region is struggling with “two models. The supremacist, excluding, racist model of Donald Trump and the solidary model, the truly Christian, humanist model of ALBA, represented in the Mission Miracle”.
The Cuban ambassador in Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, stressed that the work carried out by the Miracle Mission, after making known the problems that the Venezuelan people had in this area.
“We realized that many of the beneficiaries of the Robinson Mission had vision difficulties,” Polanco emphasized.
“We must be satisfied with what Venezuela and Cuba have done together, when it is possible to put the resources to the human being,” he added.
(Taken from Juventud Rebelde in Spanish)