GUWAHATI, Dec 28 - At a public meeting held at Trysem Hall, Sonapur recently, Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi declared 140 villages of Dimoria development block as free from avoidable blindness. It is a charity project of Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya (SSN), Guwahati and technically assisted by Operational Eyesight Universal (OEU), Canada.
Under this project during the last four years, more than 4,000 free surgeries were performed and over 8,500 free spectacles distributed. All surgeries were performed at Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya. The blindness rate of Dimoria area has thus come down to less than 0.3 per cent.
The project has also integrated eye care to primary health care. All field workers of the project are female and residents of Dimoria.
The Governor and other speakers present at the function congratulated Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya on the success of the project. In a message, Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma also congratulate SSN and OEU on the achievement and asked Nethralaya to continue with its social welfare activities in other parts of the State.
Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu, NPCB&VI State Programme Officer Dr K Saikia and other dignitaries from the state and other parts of India were present on the occasion.