National Eye Donation Fortnight 2021: Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli
25 August 2021 – 08 September 2021
Strictly abiding by the COVID protocols, Aravind-Tirunelveli organised a lot of activities following the theme, Vision is a gift, Pass it on.
Eye donation awareness exhibition was conducted in the hospital premises and was inaugurated by Mr Sankara Subramanian, Thasildhar, Tirunelveli. Badges on eye donation were distributed to the staff and wore it during the entire fortnight to create awareness.
Dr V Anitha, Chief of Cornea Clinic gave an awareness talk on eye donation on All India Radio. She gave a similar talk to the students of MDT College Students via Zoom.
For awareness creation amongst public, pamphlets and notices on eye donation were distributed at New Bus Stand and Junction, Tirunelveli.
In association with Rotary Club North, drawing, eye donation slogan writing contest and poetry competitions were organised at the Government Museum.
Ms. V Saradha, Eye Bank Co-ordinator gave an awareness talk on eye donation to the members of self-help groups of Grama Udhayam at Oorvudayan kudiyiruppu, Kondanagaram and Thiruppanikarisalkulam as well as at the Youth Welfare society, Ambai.
Dr Aditya Ghorpade, Medical Consultant, Cornea Clinic gave a talk on eye donation and eye banking via Zoom at the programme organised by District Science Centre.
A debate in Tamil was organised in the hospital auditorium on the topic Is lack of awareness the reason behind not donating eyes. The debate was inaugurated by Mr Suresh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli. Mr Ganapathy Subramanian was the judge for the debate and famous orators from the city participated in the debate and made it very lively.
Thiru Sameena, District Judge, Lok Adalat was the chief guest for the valedictory function. Dr Francis Roy, IMA President, Rotatrian Muthiah Pillai and Lion Viswanathan were guests of honor. Rotarian Mr Jegadeesan, Rotarian Mr Reman, Lion Dr J Ganesh, Lion Dr Ilango, Mr Jeyaraj, Mr Ayyappan, donor family members and the well-wishers and patrons of Aravind were the invitees who attended the closing ceremony. School children who won prizes in various competitions were also present at the function. Donor family members were honoured by the and also individuals who had rendered their service in facilitating eye donation were felicitated. Mr Gajendran, Grief Counselor shared his experience of procuring 107 pairs of eyes during the COVID period.