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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