NALBARI, Sept 17 - Preparations are on for the two-day conference of the SAARC countries� ophthalmologists to be held at Nalbari IMA Bhavan on September 19 and 20.
The conference will be attended by the senior and specialist ophthalmologists from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The host of the conference, Dr Subhra Kingkar Goswamy, said that an Assamese model village is being depicted on the IMA Bhavan premises to welcome the foreign guests.
They will also try to serve the traditional food items of North East in general. On September 19, the conference will be inaugurated by Dr Abha Hussain, former chairperson of SAARC countries ophthalmologist academy, while Dr Damayantha Baminiota, chairperson of Sri Lanka Ophthalmologist Association, Dr Sanjay Singh, president of the Nepal Ophthalmologist Association will be in the conference as special guests.
In the inaugural ceremony, Dr Nayeng Tengzing, head ophthalmologist of Bhutan national referral hospital, will be the appointed speaker. A live surgery will also be held on the first day morning where the surgical issues will be discussed with the specialist ophthalmologist of SAARC countries.
In the evening, a cultural programme, including the cultures of ethnic groups of North East, will be held. It will be conducted by Dr Prabin Bashistha, head of the community ophthalmology department of AIIMS, New Delhi. The Nabadwip award, introduced for the first time to recognise the service of doctor to rural folk, will be presented to Dr Nilakanta Pegu. The programme will be attended by Dr Gautam Biswas, director of IIT, Guwahati, and Dr J S Titial, head of the ophthalmology of AIIMS, New Delhi.
On the second day, several seminars will also be held where the special ophthalmologist of the SAARC countries have consented to take part.