From darkness to light, Hindalco’s cataract camps, an enabler

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Bhubaneswar : As part of its CSR initiative, the Aditya Birla Group company, Hindalco, in association with Veera Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR), has been organising best-in-class cataract screening and surgery camps. This has enabled hundreds of people in and around Odisha move from a blurred almost near blind range of vision to a clear eyesight since the last few years. Up until now more than a 100 camps have been held. Hindalcohas redefined the lives of the people of Sambalpur in Odisha.

This year, Hindalco organised two screening camps – at Hirakud Government Hospital and Larapanka School. Ofthe 83 people screened, 40 underwent surgery for cataract treatment. The entire treatment was free of cost. A team of doctors, led by Dr. Sharmistha Behera, Assistant Professor (Ophthalmology) of VIMSR, have been performing the screen tests and referring cataract patients to VSS Medical College for surgery.

“It’s a privilege to be associated with Hindalco’s exemplary CSR initiatives, according cataract treatment, along with transportation and other essential facilities to the vision afflicted” said Dr. Behera.

Comments, Dr. Arun Pujari, Head of VIMSR – “Hindalco’s vision of eradicating blindness in this part of Odisha is indeed laudable. We take great pride in teaming up with them here in Hirakud (Sambalpur). These cataract camps held periodically fulfil a felt need in this part of Odisha”.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, it has always been our endeavour to look after the people of our peripheral villages, and this initiative is one of them. We have been providing the best possible healthcare services to the people. We intend to fast-trackthese initiatives in the days to come”,addedMr. Rajesh Gupta, Senior President, and Head of Sambalpur Cluster of Hindalco.

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