21,189 surgeries by NGOs, Government hospitals last year
SALEM: The Collector, N. Mathivanan, inaugurated a free eye camp organised to mark the birthday of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, on Pennadam Venkatraman Street here on Saturday.
At the eye camp, organised by the District Blindness Control Society and Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Hospital, the Collector said non-Government organisations and Government hospitals in the district had performed surgery on 21,189 persons with eye defects in the last financial year. The society had given a sum of Rs. 47.74 lakh as assistance to nine private hospitals for performing cataract operations last year.
Lauding the services of the society, he observed that in association with the private hospitals, the society had conducted free eye camps at a number of areas in the district, and treated people with eye defects free of cost. Medicine, food and accommodation were also given free of cost during the eye camps, he said.
The society was also conducting free eye camps for schools students. Spectacles were provided free of cost to the students.
Mr. Mathivanan appealed to those with eye defects to approach Government hospitals for treatment.
Nine private hospitals were being given financial assistance for treating people with eye defects through the society, the Collector said.
The Deputy Director of Health, Soundararajan, and the Dean, Government Medical College, P. Anusuya, were present.
In Namakkal district, a similar free eye camp was organised at the Namakkal Government Hospital. The Collector, G. Sundaramurthi, inaugurated the camp and distributed spectacles to 15 persons.
He said cataract operation was performed on 2,461 persons in the hospital last year as against the target of 1,500 fixed by the Government. In the last two months alone, about 600 cataract operations were performed.
The Joint Director of Health (in-charge), C. Bharathidasan, and the Superintendent of the Hospital, P. Elango, were present.