Ranchi, Sept. 11: A mega eye camp hosted for the villagers of Latehar as part of the Saryu Action Plan will come to an end tomorrow in the presence of Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh.
The Congress leader will flag off Run for Vision, 2013, at Ursuline Convent School in Ranchi and address the Eye Donation Awareness Campaign Ceremony at Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital, which had hosted the camp in association with State Bank of India, Jharkhand Shiksha Pariyojana and Latehar district administration.
Ramesh is expected to reach Ranchi this evening.
Run for Vision will kick off from the Purulia Road-based school at 9am and will end at Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital. The event is being hosted to encourage people to pledge their eyes after death.
The eye camp, which covered as many as 114 villages under the Saryu development plan, was organised in Latehar on July 30.
Around 2,000 people from nine blocks of the Naxalite-hit zone had come to the camp for various eye ailments.
Of them, 110 elderly persons were diagnosed with cataract, while 55 students were found to need spectacles. Subsequently, they were brought to Ranchi for cataract surgeries.
As many as 200 poor people underwent high-tech Phaco cataract surgery with foldable intra-ocular lens implantation. Of them, 16 were children.
“We distributed 5,000 Vitamin A capsules among children found deficient in it. We will also provide 200 premium eyeglasses to the underprivileged children of villages that fall under the Saryu Action Plan,” ophthalmologist Bharti Kashyap, director of Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital and Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank told The Telegraph.
She further said that till now this year, her hospital has been able to record 280 eye pledges and conduct 227 cornea-grafting operations, thus gifting vision to the visually impaired.
“This has happened because of support from all quarters,” Kashyap added.
Figures suggest that India records 45,000 to 50,000 eye donations every year, while the country needs 12 million.
The Ranchi-based hospital, with Ramesh’s help, had also conducted a mega eye camp in 56 villages of Saranda from January 26 to March-end.
As many as 250 poor people, including 10 children, were operated for cataract.