29th June 2022, Pune: An eye health mobile van under Sighsaver India’s Amrita Drishti programme was formally launched by Sightsavers India’s Honorary Chairman and a Former Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi and Ms. Rati Forbes, Director of Forbes Marshall Ltd., and Honorary Vice Chairman, Sightsavers India Board at Pune. Mr. R.N. Mohanty, CEO at Sightsavers India and the entire Board of Trustees were present for the flag-off of the eye health mobile van at PBMAs H.V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune.
Mr. Parvez Billimoria, Executive Director; Dr. G.V. Rao, CEO and Dr. Kulddep Dole, Medical Director, H.V. Desai Eye Hospital participated in the flag off ceremony.
The mobile van is part of Sightsavers’ Urban Eye Health Programme also known as Amrita Drishti, is supported by SBI Capital Markets Limited and implemented by PBMAs’ H.V. Desai Eye Hospital.
The Amrita Drishti programme provides advanced eye care services at an affordable cost in the slums and reaches out to the poor population through the Government facilities such as the Urban Primary Health Centres, clinics, and hospitals, where eye care services are least present or unavailable.
With the aid of the installed technology, the mobile van will conduct eye screenings at various sites and identify patients for Refractive Error, Cataract, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). Patients who require a more thorough examination and treatment will be directed to the base hospital. Individuals who have refractive error will be given eyeglasses right away. The activities will be managed by a team that includes a Community Health Workers (CHW) and an optometrist.
The launch was followed by a brief visit to the mobile clinic van set up in Hadapsar and visit to the hospital’s seven camps.