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Good Ears and Eyes Project comes to Lhasa



From: China Tibet Online

"You're quite nearsighted, why don't you wear glasses?" "Your eyes are very well protected, very good." Dr. Li Li, an ophthalmologist from Beijing, was patiently examining children's eye developments and vision with a miniature flashlight.

On October 10, the Community Health Service Center of the Lhasa Chengguan Neighborhood Office was crowded. The aisles of the service center were filled with parents and students in school uniforms, waiting to be examined by a dozen of ophthalmologists, ear, nose, and throat specialists, and head and neck surgery specialists from Beijing.

The "Good Ears and Eyes Project" initiated by the China Children and Teenagers Foundation has come to the Chengguan District of Lhasa City. The specialists from Beijing not only examine the hearing and vision the children, they have also brought the latest medical technology to Lhasa.

"There are so many people who need to be examined. Because of the high altitude, the specialists can barely breathe while they're working, let alone eat. Dr. Li hasn't even had lunch yet," said a staff of the service center.

At 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when the reporter squeezed in the crowded doctor's office, Dr. Li Li was found having already put on an oxygen tube. She was mentally and physically exhausted, but she still had great enthusiasm for the patients she was examining, and she patiently spent time with every student.

"Not just Dr. Li Li," said a staff member at the health care center, "all the medical experts who came to Lhasa are like this."

From 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eleven specialists conducted visual and hearing screenings for nearly 1,000 Tibetan children in just one day.

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