I am happy to report that we got 2011 off to a great start on our quest to restore sight to the people of the Himalayas!
Between January 17 - 19th, Dr. Bajimaya from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) conducted an OMEC in Manthali a village development committee in Ramechhap District in northeastern Nepal. As a result, 1597 people were screened and a total of 188 surgeries performed.
In February, Hetauda Community Eye Hospital organized eye screening programs on rural and underprivileged villages of Makawanpur district. Two screening camp were held on Epa Village Development Committee (VDC) and in Bharta VDC. Both of screening were the first health camp ever held in these villages.
208 patient were examined in Epa VDC screening camp and among them 27 cataracts were found. Similarly one 148 patients were screened in Bharta VDC and 12 cataracts were found. With the support of the Himalayan Cataract Project, Hetauda Community Eye Hospital provided free of cost surgery to all cataract patients at the base hospital. All patients returned happily after undergoing the sight-restoring procedure.
Currently, TIO's Dr. Govinda is leading a four-day OMEC at the Jagatguru Kripalu Charity Hospital in Uttar Pradesh in Northearn India. It is anticipated that at least 1800 people will be screened and an estimated 600 surgeries performed.
On behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project, I would like to thank everyone for your continued interest in our project. It is only with your generous support that we are able to bring high quality eye care to the remotest areas of the Himalayas.
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