Chennai: Eye hospital of Hyderabad and ophthalmologists of Hyderabad and Maharashtra were presented awards here recently for the remarkable work they do in the field of eye care.
Lions Club of Central Madras, District 324A1 observed Helen Keller’s Remembrance Day in the city recently. Since 1999, the club has been distributing ‘I (Eye) Care Award, Knight of the Blind Award and Dr G Sitalakshmi Gift of Sight Award’ to deserving people.
The remembrance day was celebrated at Sri V D Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya, where chief guest Lions Clubs International past international director N S Sankar distributed the awards.
A press release said, “I (Eye) Care award was given to Lions Club of Hyderabad Sadhuram Eye Hospital, Hyderabad, Knight of the Blind award to the hospital’s chairman and consultant ophthalmologist, Dr A Venkatachalam, and Dr Sitalakshmi Gift of Sight Award to Maharashtra-based Shri Ganapati Netralaya cornea department – head Dr Namrata Kabra.”
Sankar, in his address, emphasised the role played by Helen Keller on the need and necessity to avoid preventable blindness, as a result of which Lions Clubs International adopted the sight conservation project.
He said 150 eye hospitals across India are run and managed by Lions Clubs / Lions. Therefore, such awards will motivate them to do more services in the field of prevention of avoidable blindness.
Dr Namrata and Dr Venkatachalam expressed their gratitude to Lions Club of Central Madras.
Club president R Anbarasan, district governor-elect K Jeganathan, Sankara Nethralaya vice-chairman, Dr T S Surendran, and vice-president, Dr Girish, were present.