TAMIL NADU

Eye bank opened

FACILITY: P. Seetharaman, centre, Collector, looking at an equipment in the eye bank after inaugurating it in Madurai on Saturday. Government Rajaji Hospital Dean, S.M. Sivakumar, left, is also seen.

FACILITY: P. Seetharaman, centre, Collector, looking at an equipment in the eye bank after inaugurating it in Madurai on Saturday. Government Rajaji Hospital Dean, S.M. Sivakumar, left, is also seen.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ganesan.

Staff Reporter

At Government Rajaji Hospital

MADURAI: The Government Rajaji Hospital Eye Bank was inaugurated here on Saturday. It has been established through a joint effort of the State Government’s Namakku Naame Thittam, which provided Rs. 6 lakh through the Collector, and the Lions Clubs International, which donated Rs. 3 lakh.

Inaugurating it, P. Seetharaman, Collector, said that physical disability in one way or the other affected the individual’s contribution to society and visual impairment was one among them. It resulted in human resource deficiency.

Overcoming this was necessary and for that eye and human organ banks became essential as it would help the disabled to surmount their disability, he said.

A web site with details of the eye bank was launched by Darez Ahmed, Additional Collector and Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency. A request for a dialysis machine at the hospital was placed at the meeting for which the Project Officer said that if any organisation or individual could come forward and donate for one machine, two machines could be procured under the Namakku Naame Thittam.

Launching the Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme in major government hospitals of the district, Thirumavalavan, Joint Director of Health Services, said that all efforts would be made to create an awareness of eye bank and eye donation in all primary health centres.

R.K. Thangaraj, District Governor, Lions Clubs International, welcomed the gathering. S.M. Sivakumar, Dean (in-charge), GRH, was present.

The eye bank is a place where donated corneas are stored and transplanted in patients who need it. It maintains a register of donors and patients who need corneal transplant. More details can be had at www.eyebankgrhmadurai. org.

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