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BEHRI, Vision Care, DDWS Initiatives

38 more poor people get back sight

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2023 12:00 AM
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38 more poor people get back sight
Ophthalmic patients pose for a photograph with DDWS Chairman Paban Kumar Agarwal on Bashundhara Eye Hospital and Research Institute (BEHRI) premises in the capital on Friday prior to their return home. —Daily Sun photo

A number of 38 insolvent ophthalmic patients returned home in Kushtia after receiving operations in Bashundhara Eye Hospital and Research Institute (BEHRI) on Friday.

The BEHRI, an ophthalmic venture of Bashundhara Group, in association with Vision Care Foundation and Dwarka Das Welfare Society (DDWS) arranged the cost-free operations on Thursday.   Of them, 12 are male and 26 female and all of whom are from Kushtia.

Under the supervision of BEHRI Director Prof Dr Md Saleh Ahmed, Dr Rubina Akter and Dr Mozumder Golam Rabbi performed the surgeries. Earlier on February 28, DDWS supported by BEHRI organised a daylong eye camp on the Dwarka Das Agarwala Mohila College premises at Harinarayanpur in Kushtia and provided 1,800 ophthalmic patients with treatment, medicines and glasses.

On May 11, a total of 38 patients belonging to the first batch of a total of 260 selected for eye surgeries underwent operations at the BEHRI.

Talking to the Daily Sun, owner of Gitanjali Jewellers Paban Kumar Agarwal, also member secretary of Bangladesh Jewellers Association (BAJUS), said “We have selected 260 patients for operation at the last eye camp. Two groups of patients have undergone surgeries. Rest of the patients will get the opportunity soon.”

The DDWS chairman also said more than 6,000 patients have received various types of treatments from eye camps organised by DDWS, BEHRI and Vision Care Foundation in my area so far. Of them, 1,000 patients received surgeries.

Terming eye the most important organ of human body, he said “I am happy to facilitate ophthalmic treatment of distressed people of Kushtia and adjoining districts. This service will continue as long as I am alive.”

About other social welfare activities, Paban Kumar Agarwal said he established Dwarka Das Agarwala Mohila College   in memory of his father to promote female literacy in his ancestral area of Harinarayanpur in Kushtia.

“Around 300 girls are studying in the college without tuition fees. Needy students are also given books and other facilities by the management. Results of the college are satisfactory,” he said. In addition, people of Harinarayanpur receive homeopathic treatment and medicine arranged by DDWS, he added.