COIMBATORE: Sankara Eye Care Institutions has won the FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award in the category “Best Community Driven Healthcare Programme.”
Managing Trustee of the institutions R.V. Ramani received the award of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industy (FICCI) at a recent function in New Delhi. It was presented by Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi and Rajya Sabha member, actor and social activist Shabana Azmi.
The contestants included corporate hospitals such as Fortis and Apollo.
Dr. Ramani lauded the efforts of his team of doctors and employees.
Without them, the journey to eradicate curable and preventable blindness would not have been possible, he said.
Headquartered in Coimbatore, the Sankara group had eight hospitals in four States.
The event at New Delhi, ‘FICCI HEAL 2009’, was organised by the federation in partnership with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the theme “Future of Healthcare: Integration, Inclusion & Quality – What is Good for Indian Health Care.”
The award ceremony, at the end of the two-day conference, was to recognise the contributions of health care providers from the public and private sectors and the civil society.
The Sankara institutions were lauded for their three-decade community eye care.
Their Gift of Vision Community Outreach Programme was the unanimous choice of the judges, for the sheer volume of more than five lakh free eye surgeries.
The Minister specifically mentioned Sankara’s strategy of serving the community at large while at the same time making the institution self-sustained.
A press release from the institution has said the Minister wanted to discuss further the Sankara model and extend its services to rest of the country.
He strongly felt that Sankara model would encourage many more organisations to take up community eye care on a priority.