Higher Number of Cataract Surgeries: The Navalbhai Hiraba Eye Hospital made further progress during this period. Th hospital performed 1568 cataract surgeries during the period, mostly free of cost or at affordable cost. It also performed 6 Glaucoma surgeries for the first time at the hospital. It also succeeded in performing 17 Chelezion interventions during the period.Encouraged from this performance, the hospital has set a target of 10,000 eye surgeries during the year 2011.
Breakthrough in Keratoplasty: The most striking achievement of this period was performing 11 Keratoplasty surgeries, all completely free of cost. Thanks to Dr. Ashish Nagpal of Retina Foundation and Asopalav Eye Hospital for conducting all these surgeries completely free of cost. Because of availability of high tech facilities at this hospital, we achieved 100 percent result in Keratoplasy. Due to such large number of successful Cornea Transplant, the waiting list of patients needing this surgical intervention is growing. Dr. Ashish Nagpal conducts a special OPD of patients requiting corneal transplant each last Thursday of the month at the hospital. There is always a long cue of people needing these services which are providing completely free of cost.
Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO): The Hospital performed 246 PCO interventions during this period. Once again, this is the highest extent of intervention of its kind during this period. The OPD of patient requiring this intervention is increasing day by day.
Ptryrigium: The hospital succeeded in performing 207 ptryrigium surgeries during this period. Thus the hospital succeed in conducting 2055 eye surgeries during the period which is highest so far during a any quarter.
Eye Surgeries in Earthquake Affected Area: Another landmark achievement of the Hospital is conducting eye surgeries twice a month at Bhuj, the district town of Kutch, the earthquake affected area. The response in this area is very encouraging and every time about 60 surgeries are conducted completely free of cost. People come from interior areas of Kutch district for availing this services. Most people coming for these surgeries are salt-pan workers, very poor and mostly illiterate. Most of them consider these surgeries as "God's Blessings"
The Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital located at Bareja in Gujarat made a tremendous progress in respect of conducting eye surgeries. During the period January to December, 2010, the Hospital conducted 6195 eye surgeries. The major achievements of the Hospital include
1. Establishing a record of conducting 103 eye surgeries on a single day which is the highest so far.
2. Organizing the eye check up camps in the tribal areas of Sabarkantha District.
3. Providing free transport facility to all the poor patients from the camp location to the Hospital and the return journey
4. Successfully introducing the system of conducting Keratoplasty completely free of cost with the active involvement and participation Retina Eye Foundation and support of Dr. Ashish Nagpal
5. Introducing the collection of eye balls as per the provisions of the Indian Organs Donation Act
6. Planning for expansion of infrastructure facilities by constructing one more floor of the eye Hospital with the support of Heart Foundation.
7. Conducting 23 Kertoplasty surgeries completely free of cost.
8. Adding one more Mini bus for expediting pick up and drop of patients from different Districts of Gujarat.
9. Seeking support of Corporates like Power Grid Corporation, ONGC & Cairn India for promoting completely free of cost eye surgeries.
Encourage from outstanding performance of the eye hospital, the target for the year 2011 has been revised to 10000 eye surgeries.
World Sight Day is celebrated on 2nd Thursday of October every year. This year World Sight Day fell on 14th October. The Gujarat State Blindness Control Programme gives Awards to different eye hospitals in different categories of achievements. The BPA Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital at Bareja has been conferred the "BEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HIGHEST EYE SURGERIES IN THE DISTRICT OF AHMEDABAD " by the Department of Health, Government of Gujarat. The hospital conducted 5500 cataract surgeries in rural areas in the District in 2009-2010. The credit for this Award goes to Mr. Dharmendrakumar Jena, the enthusiastic and extremely hard working Manager of the hospital. Mr. Jena has a basic degree in public health and an MBA in the Management of NGO from the Entrepreneurship Development Institute. He has developed a whole team of doctors and paramedical staff who are devoted to the prevention of blindness. This Award is one more feather in the BPA cap. BPA's commitment to prevention of blindness is as strong as its commitment to rehabilitation of incurable blind persons.
Thanks to donors of the Global Giving, the Navalbhai Hiraba Eye Hospital at Bareja in Gujarat and India could take up performing of free of cost eye surgeries at a massive scale. The Eye hospital could organize at least 2 field camps at least twice a week in the remote areas of Gujarat. Each and every non affording patient was provided transport facility to the eye hospital, pathological check up, eye surgery, two nights stay with meals, medicines, follow up and spectacles where required. The hospital made a universal announcement that all the poor patients were welcome to the eye hospital or to the field camps for eye check up, refraction, eye treatment and eye surgeries where required. The hospital has added a new bus to transport the patients from far off areas to the eye hospital. Special attention was paid to school children for their eye check and specially refraction, provision of glasses and advance check up.
The target of the hospital is to perform at least 10,000 eye surgeries during the year 2010. To expedite the process, the hospital has started conducting eye surgeries on all the six days - Monday to Saturday. It has formed an independent team for conducting field camps and identify the patients needing eye surgeries. To enhance the quality of eye surgeries, the hospital has established a well equipped pathology lab. All the patients are checked for blood pressure, urine and blood sugar apart from other health conditions. It has also started availing services of a qualified physicians who check all the patients before the eye surgery.
During the course of field camps, the hospital realized that a number of persons require keratoplasty, the cornea transplant. The hospital has availed services of the leading Retina Foundation where such advance surgery is carried out completely free of cost. This is probably one few eye hospitals where such advance surgery which requires a donated cornea is performed completely free of cost. Even the post operative care is provided in the eye hospital at not cost to the donors.
For enhancing quality of eye surgeries, the hospital is using "Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS)" technique for the removal of cataract. It also provide phaco surgery in case of pediatric cataract surgeries.
We are grateful to donors of Global Giving and other supporters and the State Government of Gujarat for enabling our eye hospital to provide completely free of cost eye surgeries to all the patients attending the field camps and reporting at the eye hospital
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