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Dominican Republic now has a modern Eye Bank at the Centro Cardio-Neuro-Oftalmologico y Transplante (Cecanot)

The Dominican Republic now has a modern Eye Bank installed at the Centro Cardio-Neuro-Oftalmologico y Transplante (Cecanot), part of the Ciudad Sanitaria Dr. Luis E. Aybar. The Japanese government contributed to the state-of-the-art technology at the new center. Director Dr. Federico Nunez says the new cornea storage facility has high-tech equipment that includes a specular microscope, slit lamp, laminar flow hood, and a refrigerator to preserve corneas.

In the past, for a cornea transplant to be carried out, the very costly corneas had to be purchased abroad from a selection of rejects by US doctors.

He encouraged Dominicans to become donors not only of corneas but also of their other organs. Dr. Nunez says that Cecanot has a 500-person waiting list for cornea donations.

Regional Metropolitan Health Service (SRSM) director Dr. Felix Hernandez, representing Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino, attended the formal opening of the Cornea Bank along with National Health Service (SNS) director Dr. Nelson Rodriguez Monegro.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Hernandez expressed his appreciation for the Japanese government’s contributions, which were made through their Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

The bank, which was installed at a cost of more than RD$6 million, is on Calle Federico Velazquez at the corner of Calle Federico Bermudez in northeastern Santo Domingo’s Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood. Tel 809 681-0080.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Aug 24, 2016

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