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Eye camp in saal reserve

Ranchi, Jan. 27: As the nation celebrated Republic Day, a free eye check-up camp for villagers was underway in Saranda yesterday.

Inaugurating the camp, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh pointed out that nearly 15 per cent of students do not go to school due to poor eyesight. “I really appreciate this initiative,” he added.

The camp was organised at St Augustine’s High School in Manoharpur block of West Singhbhum from 8am till 8pm. Dr Bharti Kashyap, medical director of Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank reached Saranda along with 12 optometrists, three eye specialists and conducted the camp.

Kashyap examined 1,000 patients in the first such camp she organised in the area with the help of the district administration.

After screening the beneficiaries, she along with her team found 30 per cent of those registered suffering from refractive error. “We have selected 250 patients for cataract surgery which will be carried out in our hospital,” she said.

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