Rally campaign for donations in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Dr Agrawal's Eye Hospital organised a human rally marking the National Eye Donation Fortnight 2019 campaign to spread the awareness at Punjagutta in Hyderabad, today. The National Eye Donation Fortnight is observed every year from 25th August to 8th September.
The human rally was flagged off by Karunakar Reddy, Circle Inspector of Punjagutta Police station, and presided over by Dr Vamshidhar M, regional head - clinical services, Dr. Agarwal's Group of Eye Hospitals, Hyderabad.
Currently around 80 lakh people in India are suffering from blindness due to various corneal diseases. Every year 20,000-30,000 corneal blind people are added to the list. According to the eye care experts, corneal blindness is said to be the 4th leading cause of blindness globally. They advocated corneal transplants are an effective solution to restore eyesight in such cases. To put forth this significant message, Dr. Agrawal's eye Hospital had taken initiative to spread the awareness among the people and have decided to organise a Human Rally.
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest, Karunakar Reddy said, "Eye is the one of the wonderful organs of human body. But it is unfortunate that many people who are born blind are not getting the opportunity to see this beautiful world. However, we can make it possible to bring sight to those unfortunate blind people by donating our eyes. After death, our eyes will go waste, but we can make them live another life if we donate our eyes to those who are suffering with blindness. I urge each and every individual to come forward and donate your eyes so that lakh of people who are suffering with various eye diseases could be given light."
The eye care experts from Dr. Agarwal's Hospital said that when a person's cornea is donated, it will enlighten the life of 2-4 corneal blind persons. They said now-a-days, the government is also supporting eye donation and corneal blindness camping through free health schemes such as Aarogya Shree, CGHS, SSI, Insurance policies for free of cost treatment. Dr Vamshidhar said, "It is the responsibility of each and every individual to spread the awareness on the eye donation and take it up in a big way so that those who are blind could be saved by giving them sight".
Holding placards and raising slogans, more than 300 people along with 100 employees of Dr. Agarwal's Hospital, Hyderabad, enthusiastically took part in the rally to spread awareness on the eye donation. They also pledged to donate eyes by signing and getting their donor card.