– Eye Donation Association Hoshiarpur organized an awareness rally
Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur: The Punjab government is going to observe Eye Donation Fortnight in Punjab from August 25 to September 8.
Disclosing this here today, Principal Secretary of Health Ministry, Ms. Vini Mahajan said that main focus during the fortnight would be to generate maximum awareness amongst masses about the importance of eye donation as about 12 Lakh people in India suffer from corneal blindness. These blind people can get vision if enough corneas are available for transplantation. A State level workshop about Eye Donation would also be organized on September 1 at in PIMS Jalandhar, she said.
She said that there are 13 Eye Banks in government and private Sectors in Punjab. These are registered with Directorate of Research and Medical Education. They procure Eye balls and perform Cornea transplant Surgeries.
Ms. Mahajan also said that an on-line proforma for organ/eye donation is available on website of Health Department ( http://pbhealth.gov.in/pledge_eye.htm ). Anyone pledging organs/eyes gets a hard copy of donor card by post. A proforma to pledge eyes is being given to the applicants of Driving License as a hard copy at the time of application. The name and location of nearest eye bank is available by calling toll free No-104.
Ms. Vini Mahajan said that the state government was taking adequate steps to treat Corneal Blindness. She said that four identified reasons for such blindness were malnutrition, infections, injuries and post operative complications.
Eye Donation Association Hoshiarpur organized an awareness rally
The Eye Donation Association of Hoshiarpur today organized an awareness rally at Hoshiarpur. The awareness rally was flagged off by ADC (D) Harbir Singh from Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur. The rally passed through various roads and markets of Hoshiarpur and concluded at Model Town Club.
Patron of Eye Donation Association Bahadur Singh Sunet, Secretary Harbans Singh and Malkit Singh Maheru in joint statement said that the association has been serving the society since 2000 and has successfully got the cornea of 846 people posthumously and thus lighting the lives of 846 people.
Civil Surgeon Sanjiv Babuta, Harish Chander Thakur, Mastan Singh Grewal, Suresh Kapatia, Rakesh Mohan, Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, Jasbir Singh, Rajesh Jain, Kultar Singh, Rakesh Gupta, Santosh Saini, Sukesh Gupta, Prem Saini, Chetan Sood, Bahadur Singh, Kamal Verma, Vinod Kumar and many others were also present on this occasion.