Walkathon to create awareness on eye donation 

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 29-08-2019 13:38:08

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Manipal : Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, District Health Society -Blindness Control Division, Udupi District and Sight Life International Jointly organised a walkathon on eve of Eye Donation Fortnight on Wednesday. It was jointly flagged off by Dr Poornima Baliga B, Pro Vice chancellor MAHE, Manipal, Manjunath, Circle Inspector, Udupi, Smt Geetha Maiya, Director Student affairs MAHE.



Shri C G Muthana, COO, Dr Avinash Shetty, Medical Superintendent, Dr Padmaraj Hegde, Dy Medical Superintendent Dr Sulatha Bhandary, Professor, and Head Department of Ophthalmology Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Dr Surendra Chimbalkar, District Leprosy Officer and other dignitaries were present.


The walkathon started from Kalsanka and ended at Board High school. An eye donation awareness street play was also staged by students of Manipal college PF Nursing. About 250 doctors, nurses, students and staff members participated in the event.



The National Eye Donation Fortnight is celebrated every year from 25th August to 8th September under the National Program for Control of Blindness. The campaign to create awareness was held successfully as the message went out to the people to donate eyes or pledge the eyes for those with corneal blindness.


According to a report, one of every five blind people of the world is from India. Which means at least 46 lakhs of Indians are suffering from the corneal blindness. Whereas the rate of eye donation is only 35,000 which is too little. So it has become very necessary to educate the people of the society including both young and old to finish the gap between demand and supply of the cornea.

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