On 2nd October 2022, the department of Ophthalmology of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram organized Gandhi Jayanti Eye Camp on the premises of Kasturba Hospital. The one-day free eye camp is held every year to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
More than a thousand patients from the surrounding villages and towns of Wardha district as well as far-off places like Adilabad, Rajura, Sirpur, Bhandara, Jalgaon, Warangal, Motala, Chandrapur, Korpana, Kalamb, Bhadrawati, Nagpur, Warora, Anandwan, Buldhana, Pandharkawada, Chandur Railway, Ner, Ballarshah, Amrawati Kaghaz Nagar, Yavatmal and Baitul availed the services this year.
The camp was held in the Eye OPD of the hospital. A total of 1020 patients were registered and examined for ocular disorders. The hospital provided the patients with free consultations. “110 patients were admitted and 403 are given appointments for eye surgeries in the next 30 days. The treatment will mainly include Cataract with modern IOL implantation, Glaucoma surgery, Pterygium, Sac and lid surgeries of various types. The patients undergoing Cataract surgeries are not charged anything for the surgery, medicines, lens or glasses”, said Dr Smita Singh (Professor of Ophthalmology, MGIMS)
“Every year, we organize Gandhi Jayanti Camp to eliminate avoidable blindness in and around Wardha. We believe that nobody should remain blind due to poverty. The increase in the number of patients speak up for our dedication”, said Dr AK Shukla (Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, MGIMS).
“I bless these doctors for providing us with free treatment. I can’t wait any longer to see how my grandchildren look like”, sobbed an old female who is scheduled for her cataract surgery tomorrow.