GUWAHATI, March 26 - A free eye screening camp was held at Doomni in Baksa district on March 24 by the Assam Centre for Rural Development (ACRD) under SBI Gram Seva, a flagship project of the State Bank of India Foundation in collaboration with the Sankaradeva Nethralaya here, a press release stated.
The free eye screening camp was organised for the tribal and economically backward communities in Baksa, who don�t have access to basic healthcare facilities. More than 150 people were examined and treated during the camp. Patients found with cataract problem will undergo free cataract surgery at the Sankaradeva Nethralaya in Guwahati.
Under the SBI Gram Seva project, two eye camps were successfully held last year in Baksa and more than 30 patients were operated free of cost for cataract at the Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati.
Under the bank�s Gram Seva project, free health camps and sanitation awareness programmes are regularly conducted in the remote villages of Baksa district in collaboration with the State Health Department, National Rural Health Mission, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and Sankaradeva Nethralaya to create awareness among the communities about health and hygiene and seek necessary intervention.
�The tea garden communities have greatly benefited from these eye camps and our aim is to reach out to as many people as possible in the villages,� said Prerna Changkakati, Executive Director of Assam Centre for Rural Development.
The SBI Gram Seva is a flagship programme launched by the SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of the SBI across six States of India, including Assam, and focuses on integrated development of villages through Gram Panchayat.