A free eye screening camp was held at Kallyanpur Slum in the city on Friday to identify and treat visually impaired underprivileged people who are unable to seek treatment because of financial inability and lack of awareness.
Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) and RSC organised the camp in partnership with Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain Foundation.
The camp was held as a part of the opening of a joint venture of the foundation and DCI a ‘Journey for Gift of Sight’ across Bangladesh for childhood blindness prevention.
About 273 underprivileged people received free eye screening and treatment from the camp. Patients diagnosed with cataract and refractive errors will be provided surgeries and eyeglasses free of cost.
The eye screening camp was held in memory of the late professor Dr Syed A Wadud (renowned Bangladeshi ophthalmologist and Goodwill Ambassador/Patron of Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI), USA.
Dr Syed Wasim, son of late professor Dr. Syed A. Wadud inaugurated the ceremony.
Dr. Syed Wasim is a practicing physician in Atlanta Georgia and Director of DCI's Blindness Prevention Program (BPP).
The event was attended by several distinguished guests including Professor A.K Azad Khan (The President of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh DAB and Country Director, DCI), Tasik Ahmed (Senior Vice President of ATN Bangla), Dr. Mohammad Mujahidul Islam (Director Marketing & Sales, Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd.), Binay Das (Secretary General of Faraaz Hossain Foundation), and several US doctors & volunteers.
Salma Qadir (CEO, RSC and Coordinator of DCI, Bangladesh), Jamal Abdun Nasher (Program Manager, RSC), others officials from DCI-RSC & Faraaz Hossain Foundation and several US doctors & volunteers also attended the event.
Dr Khurshid Zaman, Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, BHIS General Hospital, Darus Salam, Mirpur, Dhaka and Dr Azadur Rahman, Assistant Register, Eye Department, BIRDEM Hospital led the team providing the treatment to the patients.