TAMIL NADU

`Health care vital for country's development'

The eyes of A. Samikannu, who died at Cuddalore on Saturday, being donated to the eye bank of the Aravind Hospitals in Pondicherry on Sunday. - Photo: T. Singaravelou

The eyes of A. Samikannu, who died at Cuddalore on Saturday, being donated to the eye bank of the Aravind Hospitals in Pondicherry on Sunday. - Photo: T. Singaravelou  

Pondicherry Dec. 7 . The chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, G. Venkataswamy, has called for sustained efforts to improve health care sector as it was vital for the country's development.

Addressing a seminar on Sight First organised by the Lion District 324-A3 on the premises of the Aravind Eye Hospital at Thavalakuppam near here today, he said globally 4.5 crore people were suffering from blindness. In India the figure was 1.2 crore.

Dr Venkataswamy said that the two third of the patients undergoing operations were rendered service free of cost by the hospital.

He said that volume of care, cost effective and quality medical attention from the Aravind eye hospitals had attracted leading institutions and a team from Harvard University also visited the hospital to know at first hand the reasons for the hospital to be able to do such a volume of work.

He assured the functionaries of the Lions Clubs that his hospital would extend full cooperation in executing eye health care programmes.

The Vice District Governor of Lions clubs, Parimala Raju, inaugurated the seminar.

Officer's gesture

The Project Officer of the District Blindness Control Programme from Cuddalore M.Dominic today handed both the eyes of his brother in law A. Samikannu Dr Venkataswamy at the seminar.

Samikannu died yesterday at Cuddalore and his eyes had since been donated to the Eye Bank in Aravind Hospital today through the District Chairman (Sight First) M. Agarchand of the Lions Clubs International.

Mr. Dominic earlier presented to Mr.Agarchand a certificate of appreciation issued by the Cuddalore Collector, Gagan Deep Singh Bedi, who is also the chairman of the District level society for blindness control.

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