BHARAT Vikas Parishad’s Madhav Eye Bank observed 27th national eye donation fortnight in Chandigarh on September 2. The organisation felicitated family members of donors and introduced a mobile eye care van.
The event was attended by over 200 people and 18 members whose wards have pledged to donate their eyes after their death were felicitated. These families hail from Chandigarh, Mohali, Dera Bassi, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh, Sirhind and other parts of Punjab. The objective of organising this event was to create awareness about corneal blindness and to motivate people regarding eye donation. In another initiative, Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Medical Centre introduced mobile eye services with the inauguration of a mobile van which will have all basic facilities for the eye care. The van was inaugurated by Dr Manisha in the presence of Dr KL Passi, President of Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust.
The mobile van will cater to Ram Darbar, Dadu Majra, Mauli Jagran and other deprived areas of the region. The van will facilitate eye check-ups at subsidised costs. According to Dr Sujata Dwivedi, director of BVP’s Madhav Eye Bank, “One out of every five blind persons in the world is an Indian.”