IMPHAL, Oct 9 - Estimates show that 22,000 cataract surgeries are required every year in Manipur whereas currently approximately 4,000 operations are performed annually creating a mounting backlog. This observation was made by Ophthalmologists at a function on the occasion of World Sight Day held under the aegis of Shija Eye Care Foundation (SECF) at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) here on Thursday.
Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr Sachindra of SECF highlighted the tremendous need for collective effort toward eliminating blindness. So far, 133 outreach camps have been conducted and 22,000 people have been screened in these camps in the State, he said.
A free eye camp was held on the day. About 250 beneficiaries availed the services. Chairman cum Managing Director of SHRI Dr Palin Kh urged all stakeholders including government and non-government organisations to work towards eradicating avoidable blindness which accounts for 80 per cent of the cases of blindness. Twenty four partner volunteer organisations and clubs were felicitated on the occasion.