Press Release: Princess Beatrice arrived in Kalimpong on, Tuesday October, 4th 2016. To attend a free three-day eye care program, for cataract, intra-ocular lens and implants. She will attend days 2-3. Over 200 patients from the hills and neighbouring areas were expected to be treated at the three-day eye care programme.
The programme is being organised by Jamgon Kongtrul Eye Centre, Kalimpong, in technical collaboration with Tilganga Eye Centre of Nepal. The centre is locate near lower bridle road and is run by the Paramita Charitable trust, which was started by the late Jamgon Kongtrul Rimpoche.
The Princess shared her experience about the region, “ I got to know through my team that I’d be traveling here. I was really interested in promoting community eye care centers like this one; this is thus an important development for all concerned. Kalimpong has memorized me in ever sense; thus I feel very lucky to be amongst the local people. I have been visiting Dr Sanduk Ruit’s hospital in Kathmandu and to travel with him in the field has brought me to Kalimpong today.
The princess further added, “ In the context of charity I think I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to come and see the great work that is being done on this ground. I think it is a great chance to see the difference that can be really made, especially through building strength in the community.”
The princess informed that her schedule in the next couple of days is packed with similar camps in different regions.
The Eye Centre opened in May 2004 to provide world class ophthalmic treatment and care. The Eye Centre’s Outreach Department conducts on-going cataract screenings of patients in poor and remote areas and vision checks of school children. Cataract patients from the Outreach programmes are mobilised to the Eye Centre for free cataract surgeries and intra-ocular lens implants. Since the Centre opened, it has maintained a good ratio of 60% of free patients and 40% of paying patients based on their income levels.
Under the technical direction and support of Nepal’s Tilganga Eye Centre and guided by its founder Opthalmologist, the eminent Dr. Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Centre is registered with the Health Department of West Bengal. The medical team comprises 2 ophthalmic surgeons, 4 ophthalmic assistants, 3 nurses, 2 vision technicians, 1 pharmacist, 1 optometrist and 2 general staff. The major pieces of equipment are donated by the Himalayan Cataract Foundation of USA.
Between its opening in 2004 until 2011, the Eye Centre has treated 69,201 out-patients and performed 2,187 cataract surgeries, 75 retinal surgical procedures, and 573 other eye procedures. The Centre’s Outreach Department has screened 50,863 people from various poor and remote villages. Among them, 3,247 have enjoyed free cataract surgeries and intra-ocular lens implants.
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