The first Vision Center in Lakshmipur was inaugurated at Kamalnagar of the district on Sunday. National Childhood Blindness Project (NCBP) of Orbis International Bangladesh has provided financial and technical support to establish the centre.
Managed by Mazharula Haque BNSB Eye Hospital, Chandpur, the centre will provide primary eye care services to the people of the area.Dr Forhad Hossain, Head of Paediatric Unit of National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital (NIO&H), and Prof Dr Saifuddin Ahmed Pintu, Director of Shiekh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eye Hospital and Training Institute of Gopalganj, jointly inaugurated the centre.
Nizam Uddin, Chairman of Hajirhat Union Parishad of Kamalnagar under Lakshmipur district, presided over the inaugural ceremony.
The vision centre will provide eye health care services, including primary eye care, children’s eye screening, refraction, referral of the patient to the base hospital in Chandpur for cataract, phaco, DCR and other surgeries.
A set of five eye care professionals like, refractionists, vision technician and MRD keeper are working at the centre.
Speaking at the event, MA Masud Bhuiyan, honorary General Secretary of Mazharul Haque BNSB Eye Hospital, said as vision centre is a permanent eye care facility, set up at the community level (of hard to reach area), people can now have their eyes treated and have the opportunity to get further treatment through Mazharul Haque BNSB Eye Hospital in Chandpur.
Dr Munir Ahmed, Country Director of Orbis International Bangladesh said, it is a remarkable moment for the people of Lakshimpur and achievement for Orbis, as the vision centre has brought eye health care services to the people of this remote area.For last 30 years, Orbis has been working to ensure quality eye care services in Bangladesh. Talking about telemedicine support facility in the vision centre, Dr Munir said ophthalmologists from the base hospital in Chandpur will examine patients’ eyes.
Appreciating Orbis International Bangladesh, the chief guest said Lakshmipur is fortunate to get a vision centre for quality eye health services. Orbis’s contribution to eye health sector of Bangladesh is notable.
Among others, Md Sana Ullah, Manager of Islami Bank Bangladesh’s Hazirhat Branch, and Mohammed Alauddin, Director of Programs of Orbis International Bangladesh were present at the event.
Orbis International, Bangladesh Country Program has been working on Childhood Blindness Reduction Program since 2000. Till today, NCBP partner hospitals established six vision centres in Chittagong, Habiganj, Lakshmipur, Netrokona, Satkhira and another one is to start in Sylhet soon. Partners of Orbis International Bangladesh are managing 21 vision centres across the country.