Monday, October 3, 2022

Nagaland: 37th national eye donation fortnight observed at DHD

As part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebration, District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) observed the “37th national eye donation fortnight” on August 31 under the theme, “let your eyes live on” at Chapel Hall, DHD.
A press release by DHD stated that DHD senior specialist, Dr. Asonla Aying, while speaking on the theme, highlighted the primary objective of national eye donation fortnight. She said the fortnight aims to create awareness on the importance of eye donation and also to motivate and inspire people to pledge their eyes for donation.
Through the campaign during this fortnight, Dr. Aying said the nation aims to reduce blindness level 0.3% prevalence in the country.
Dr. Aying said the maximum number of blindness in India was due to cataract, which was treatable and two million blindness are due to corneal blindness.
Out of two million blindness, she said one million blindness was in children with Vitamin A deficiency as the main cause of blindness. She said the department was trying to reduce Vitamin A deficiency in children through the routine immunization.
Stating that the country requires 2.5 lakh eye donation annually, Dr. Aying said the only 50000 eye donation was made thus causing a huge gap. She then urged people to pledge their eyes for donation.
She also informed the gathering about Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme (HRCP) at DHD, which aims at the retrieval of cornea tissues from willing and eligible donors after death.
Dr. Aying then asked any person willing to pledge for eye donation to collect the pledge form from DHD Eye OPD.
During the programme, video clips on blindness control were also screened. The programme was attended by DHD medical superintendent, Dr. Khrielasanuo Metha, Dr. Temsu, Dr. Toska, Dr. Sakuyuba Imchen, Dr. Imli, Nursing staff, students of Nursing School and staff under DHD.