The clinic has been set up at Periamet at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh
The Chennai Corporation on Wednesday opened its first free eye clinic, established at a cost of Rs.40 lakh, on Poonamallee High Road in Periamet.
Inaugurating the facility, Mayor M.Subramanian said that the civic body would open another such facility in Velachery shortly. The free eye hospital will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Modern equipment has been purchased for the clinic and it would be of help in screening a wide range of eye diseases, he said.
The civic body was taking efforts to make surgical interventions on 1,150 persons under the Varumun Kappoom Scheme.
A total of three lakh persons have been screened under 136 medical camps organised by the Chennai Corporation so far, said Mr.Subramanian.
The Chennai Corporation has set up 50 clinics in the past four years to provide free medical treatment for the weaker sections of the society, he added.
A total of 7.5 lakh students of 284 Chennai Schools, 26 Government Schools, 147 Government-aided Schools and 717 private schools in the city have been screened for eye disorders this year.
As many as 31,041 students were given eyeglasses free of cost, said Mr.Subramanian.
A total of 3,568 students of Chennai Schools would receive free eyeglasses soon, he added. Deputy Commissioner (Health) Ashish Kumar was present.
“Modern equipment has been purchased for the clinic and it will help in screening a wide range of eye diseases”