DLF Foundations free eye care camp at Gurgaon
India has the greatest number of blind people in the world and currently about 19 million blind people live in India of which 80 per cent live in rural and slum areas. Unfortunately, this number is increasing every day. The problem is acute in the rural India particularly in the age group of 60 years and above. Backlog of patients suffering from eye diseases especially cataract is huge and increasing and unfortunately government hospitals/eye surgeons in the districts are not able to cope with this challenge. Preventable blindness is one of the primary health concerns in rural India. Long distances from remote and backward areas to cities where hospitals are situated prevent patients to receive treatment. Private doctors/nursing homes are beyond the reach of general masses.
Hence, DLF Foundation-in collaboration with Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) Gurgaon, a unit of Arunodaya Charitable Trust-organised a free one day eye care camp in Baliawas village, Gurgaon. More than 60 villagers including women, men, old people, adolescent girls and children attended the camp. The camp was organised at the premises of temple of the village, under the supervision of Ophthalmologist Dr Manisha Konale, Dr Arun Sethi and Dr Reena Sethi from ADEH. Dr Konale and team examined the patients and advised them with medical help and spectacles. ´This eye care camp was of great help for us, since we are unable to go out to big hospitals and get our eye checkups done. My husband and kids also attended the camp and got our eyes examined´ said Sunita Yadav, a resident of Baliawas Village, Gurgaon.
Making eye care accessible and affordable to the greater population scattered throughout rural areas is the focus of this initiative of DLF Foundation. The foundation in collaboration with ADEH aims to organise 66 such eye care camps in 33 villages of Gurgaon in 2015-2016. Their aim is to make eye care service accessible and affordable by reducing travel cost and time for patients.
Dr Sethi said, ´Vision care is a serious problem in India which often gets neglected due to lack of awareness. We appreciate that DLF Foundation has come forward and taken up this critical issue. We are happy to leverage DLF Foundation´s experience in this area and support the cause of literacy and healthcare to economically-backward people in Gurgaon.´