Bhubaneswar: In order to address blindness among city population and slum dwellers UK based international development organization Sightsavers in collaboration with Dept. of Health & Family Welfare initiated two Vision Care Centres in the city. One centre is located inside the Pokhariput Urban Primary Health Centre and the other centre is located in JaydevVihar adjacent to SaliaSahi slum.
Shri Pratap Jena, Hon’ble Minister Health & Family Welfare inaugurated the Pokhariput Vision Care Centre in the presence of Shri Ashok Panda, Hon’ble Minister Culture and Tourism. The JayadevVihar Vision Care Centre was inaugurated by Health Minister in the presence of Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar(North). These two centres are supported by Sightsavers as part of the MOU with Dept. of Health & Family Welfare towards strengthening blindness control measures in the state.
These two centres will act as referral units for Capital Hospital Eye Dept. and will provide comprehensive eye care services for the people seeking eye care services. These centres will provide eye examination, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy screening with refraction services for the people.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Pratap Jena, Hon’ble Minister Health & Family Welfare said that these two new eye care centres are developed in partnership with Sightsavers to fulfill the state’s vision for ensuring Universal Eye Health declared by Hon’ble Chief Minister on World Sight Day. Shri Jena lauded the efforts and support of Sightsavers in the support of blindness control in the state. Similar facilities will also be strengthened by Sightsavers in the 15 districts which are part of the MOU with the state. Chief Executive Officer, Sightsavers Mr. R.N. Mohanty, Akbar Mehfuz Alam, State Programme Manager, Sightsavers, Dr P.K.B. Pattnaik, Jt Director, Dr Sabyasachi Pattanayak, Nodal Officer, State Universal Eye Health Programme, Sudipta Mohanty, Area Director, Sightsavers and local public representatives were present during the inauguration of these two centre.