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Momentous occasion: Union Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari tasting cake after cutting it to mark the decennial celebrations of Mohsin Eye Bank in the city on Sunday. (Left) Arisetty Sriramamurthy, Mohana Rao, Kasim Mehdi, A.V.N.Chetti, D.V.Subba Rao and MLA Dronamraju Sreenivas are seen. — Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Momentous occasion: Union Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari tasting cake after cutting it to mark the decennial celebrations of Mohsin Eye Bank in the city on Sunday. (Left) Arisetty Sriramamurthy, Mohana Rao, Kasim Mehdi, A.V.N.Chetti, D.V.Subba Rao and MLA Dronamraju Sreenivas are seen. — Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari has commended the Chairman of Mohsin Eye Bank and his team for building a strong movement in favour of eye donation and actively involving a host of organisations, NGO's and the government.

Participating in the decennial celebrations of the Mohsin Eye Bank here on Sunday, she said that the days of operating from water-tight compartments were gone and unless all the concerned learnt to work together for the common good of the society, nothing could be achieved. The operators of the eye bank have shown what could be achieved through combined efforts by bringing several organisations under one umbrella and creating a vision in favour of the movement.

The Minister said that she was impressed at the way the eye bank had roped in even religious leaders to propagate the necessity for eye donation after one's demise. India has 15 million visually impaired and about 2 lakh corneas required for implantation. She called upon those associated with the movement to suggest framing of a curriculum for training technicians and other personnel required so that her Ministry could contribute its mite to the cause. Eye Bank Chairman Kasim S. Mehdi spoke of years of toil by his team to graduate to the level of being one of the best and 30 functioning eye banks in the country. Superintendent of Regional Eye Hospital M. Mohana Rao also spoke.


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