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Tata Steel and Sankara Nethralaya reach out to cataract patients in Noamundi

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Noamundi, Sep 16: Tata Steel in association with Sankara Nethralaya is reaching out to the people of Sildauri village near Noamundi through its free cataract operation camp.

The camp which started on September 11 last registered 299 patients till 15th September. The average age of the registered patients is 45 years. Out of the total registration, 71 patients have been identified for operation. This camp is spread across five Gram Panchayats – Jetis, Barapasia, Pateta and Pokharpee, covering 31 villages. The camp will continue till 19th September.

The main objective of this camp is to reach out to the aged people with cataract in remote villages and gifting back the vision that have preventable blindness. This best-in-class cataract facility for remote villages are provided completely free of charge through the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) developed by Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai in collaboration with IIT Madras.

With the success of the venture in Tamil Nadu, Sankara Nethralaya expanded the project with support of Tata Trusts to Jharkhand with logistical and ground support by Tata Steel. The MESU Jharkhand unit was inaugurated by Honble Chief Minister of Jharkhand on July 31, 2016 at Jamshedpur. This is the first such camp after the inauguration of the MESU Jharkhand unit.

A team of two doctors, five paramedical staff and other supporting staff from Sankara Nethralaya are present in these villages for smooth implementation of the camp. In this endeavor, Tata Steel is a local partner in identifying the villages, getting permission from the authority, sensitizing the community and building capacities for the support.

After the successful completion of this camp, three more camps each for 10 days will be organised in West Singhbhum. The villages identified for the next camps are Mahudi village, villages near Barajamda area and Kiriburu area. These initiatives are in line with Tata Steel’s commitment to improve the quality of life of the communities around its areas of operation.

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