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Free surgery for low-vision students

Sightsavers 28 November 2013 Education dept mulls free surgery for low-vision students

To help students with weak eyesight, the state education department of Jalandhar, Punjab has announced that it will arrange free surgery (eye treatment) for children between the age of 6 and 18 years.

The Director General of School Education (DGSE), Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu, told HT that the department would identify students with weak eyesight, including those whose eyes cannot be treated with spectacles. He added that 597 such children had been identified and would be operated upon in free surgery in December.  “The department, in collaboration with international NGO Sightsavers, would organise medical camps in six districts to identify students who are not able to see and study properly. The camp will be held from December 11-20.”

He added that they had appointed coordinators, known as Inclusive Education for Disabled (IED) coordinators, to identify other students who could benefit from the camp. “The coordinators will identify children from across government schools who have not yet been enrolled by the department and refer them to the hospitals. Citizens can contact the IED coordinator, informing him about the presence of the targeted student (s) in their areas,” he said.

Further, he added that the department would be providing students with books with large fonts, as well as lenses, etc. and people could email students’ details to or call the state nodal officer, Mr. Bhavneet Gupta at 98728-34324.

About Sightsavers

Sightsavers is a global development organisation working to eliminate avoidable blindness and to ensure that people who are irreversibly blind receive the support they need to lead lives of independence and dignity.

Sightsavers has been working in India since 1966 on eye health and has reached out to over 35 million people.

Today, we work with partner organisations across major states in India bringing eye healthcare, educational support, counselling, training and leadership development to visually impaired people in some of the least served areas of the country.

We work in a sustainable way to promote lasting change – by strengthening existing health systems, seeking to advocate with and influence governments and by demonstrating best practises. We network with like-minded organisations to enable exchange of ideas and to advocate for the rights of the disabled.

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