Archipelago

Buddhists vision for Papua

The Buddhist Tzu-Chi foundation in cooperation with Bhayangkara police hospital funded surgical procedures for 318 cataract patients between March 21 and 23. Fourteen doctors - eight eye surgeons and six general practitioners - were involved.

Dr. Ruth Atmadja, one of the doctors, revealed that the team had actually identified over 70o people in need of the surgery, however, only 318 people were eligible.

Ani, one of the patients, said she was very grateful for the free surgery.

 “Both my eyes have been operated on. I am very grateful for the service because the last time I checked the operation would have cost me Rp 7 million and I couldn’t afford it,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Papua police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said that the police hospital welcomed all charitable foundations that wished to conduct community services in Papua.  

“We have the same goal:  to serve others,” Paulus said.

The Buddhist Tzu-Chi foundation runs community services around the archipelago. In Jakarta, it operates low cost apartments in Cengkareng, which used to be one of the city’s slums. (asw/dic)

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