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For sight: Chief executive officer of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat M.R. Balakrishna inaugurating the 24th National Eye Donation Fortnight on Saturday.
For sight: Chief executive officer of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat M.R. Balakrishna inaugurating the 24th National Eye Donation Fortnight on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: The importance of protecting one’s vision was stressed by the Hassan Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer M.R. Balakrishna at the inauguration of the 24th National Eye Donation Fortnight 2009 at the CSI Hospital here on Saturday. The programme was organised by the zilla panchayat, the district Blindness Control Society and the Hassan branch of the Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mr. Balakrishna said with increased exposure to the harmful effects of the television, computers and pollution, better care should be taken to protect sight. He stressed the importance of donating eyes after death so that people with visual disabilities could see the world through others’ eyes. He said this year theme was the actual donation of eyes after death instead of just pledging one’s eyes.

Director of the Hassan Institution of Medical Sciences (HIMS) K.S. Gangadhar said pledging one’s eyes for donation not enough, it must be ensured that the donation would be carried after one’s death.

To illustrate his point he said that in the last three years, over 40 people had registered with HIMS to donate their body after their death. However, out of the15 people who had died, only the body of retired Assistant Commissioner Haralaiah had been donated. The others had been cremated, he said.

Dr. Gangadhar advised doctors and other voluntary organisations to educate people on the importance of donating their bodies and organs after their death. District Health Officer B.S. Nagaraja Rao said that eyes played a vital role in acquiring knowledge as well understanding realities. Eyes were a scare commodity he said adding that people should be educated on eye donation.

Senior Assistant Director for Information Rame Gowda, District Surgeon Prem Kumar, Lions Club president B.E. Natesh and District Surveillance Officer M.S. Hemalatha were present.

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