Chennai, September, 2018 – Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Chennai organized a Human chain to raise awareness for Eye donation as a part of National Eye donation fortnight 2018, today in front of Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Cathedral Road, Chennai. The National Eye Donation Fortnight is observed every year from 25th August to 8th September.
The Human chain was started by Thiru. M.N. Manjunatha, Additional Director General of Police, Chennai and presided by Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals.
A huge participation of more than 500 members belonging to different age groups comprising College students, Doctors & staff of Dr. Agarwal Eye Hospital and the general public held placards participated in the human chain which created a mass public awareness about the importance of Eye donation and generated Eye donation pledges.
Thiru. M.N. Manjunatha, Additional Director General of Police, Chennai said, “Blindness is one of the major public health problem faced in developing countries like India. One among the five blind people in World are from India. Individuals should come forward to pledge to donate their eyes and support this noble cause”.
Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals said, “Around 46 lakhs of Indians are suffering from Corneal blindness and approximately 11 lakhs blind population are waiting for corneal transplantation. Even though one eye donation can give sight to two corneal blind person, there is a huge gap between demand and supply of the eyes. National Eye Donation fortnight is observed at all our Dr. Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals, campaigning to bring the masses on a common platform to understand the importance of Eye donation”.
The human chain created a mass public awareness about the importance of Eye donation and more than 500 people pledged to donate eye by signing and getting their donor cards.
About Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital:
Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital a comprehensive eye hospital offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments; was started in the year 1957. Now the hospital is in its 61st year of offering quality services in eye care. It has 31 hospitals in Tamil Nadu and a visible footprint in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andaman, West Bengal, and Rajasthan. A tertiary eye care centre at Mauritius marks its first step towards establishing an international presence extended upto 13 branches covering the Indian Ocean region, African countries and East Asia.