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Ophthalmologists’ contribution hailed

Honoured: Chief Secretary K.S.Sripathi presenting the ‘Life time Achivement Award’ to S.S.Badrinath, chairman Emeritus,Sankara Nethralaya at a function in Chennai on Sunday.(From left): Babu Rajendran, president,All India Ophthalmological Society, the other recipients ,E.T.Selvam and Amar Agarwal ( for the late J.Agarwal) Mohan Rajan, secretary MCOA and K.Ravi, president,MCOA, are in the picture.

Honoured: Chief Secretary K.S.Sripathi presenting the ‘Life time Achivement Award’ to S.S.Badrinath, chairman Emeritus,Sankara Nethralaya at a function in Chennai on Sunday.(From left): Babu Rajendran, president,All India Ophthalmological Society, the other recipients ,E.T.Selvam and Amar Agarwal ( for the late J.Agarwal) Mohan Rajan, secretary MCOA and K.Ravi, president,MCOA, are in the picture.   | Photo Credit: —Photo : K. Pichumani

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras City Ophthalmological Association (MCOA) on Sunday presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to E. T. Selvam, S. S. Badrinath and J. Agarwal (posthumously).

Chief Secretary K. S. Sripathi, who was chief guest for the awards ceremony, hailed the contribution of the doyens of medicine in transforming Chennai into an internationally acclaimed healthcare hub. This reputation for reliability in healthcare should be sustained into the future, he said.

Mr. Sripathi underscored the major contributions of the private sector in partnering with the government in implementing many schemes for the underprivileged.

The private sector accounted for 5.86 lakh cataract surgeries of the 6.50 lakh procedures during 2008-09 and 3.87 lakh of the 4.50 lakh intra ocular implantations in the same period, he said.

The private sector also played a major role in the “Kannoli Kappom thittam” for correcting refraction errors in children of classes 6 to 8 by contributing to the free distribution of an estimated 28 lakh spectacles last year, he said.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Selvam, a pioneer of the “eye camp approach” for tackling blindness and other eye disorders in the State, said it was gratifying to see many of his former students become luminaries in the field of ophthalmology.

Group practice concept

Accepting the award, Dr. Badrinath, chairman emeritus, Sankara Nethrayala, exhorted young ophthalmologists to adopt the concept of group practice advocated by Nethralaya.

He attributed the rise of Sankara Nethralaya to a globally recognised centre of excellence to the team work of its doctors and staff.

Amar Agarwal accepted the award on behalf of the late J. Agarwal.

In his tribute, Babu Rajendran, president, All India Ophthalmological Society, described the recipients of the MCOA awards as the Holy Trinity of ophthalmology.

K. Ravi, MCOA president and Mohan Rajan, MCOA secretary also spoke on the occasion.

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