Christian youth association organises free eye-treatment camp

The club set up field surgery with the assistance of doctors from the Dhaka Metro Lions Eye Hospital, a private facility in the capital.

Bangladesh
Nov 06 2013, 5:09 PM
Christian youth association organises free eye-treatment camp

About 350 people received specialised treatment, medicines and glasses at a free eye examination camp held last Friday in Badhun village of Gazipur district. Badhun Christian Youth Club organised the camp for those who cannot afford regular check-ups.

The club set up field surgery with the assistance of doctors from the Dhaka Metro Lions Eye Hospital, a private facility in the capital.

"I am a seamstress and I have suffered a lot because I could not see well," said Beauty Costa, a 32-year-old Catholic woman. "I could not go to a doctor to have my eyes checked, but this camp has helped me. They gave me glasses."

"I suffered from headaches for two months," said Mukul Rani, a 55-year-old Hindu, "but today I discovered that I only need to take medicine for my eyes."

The Bhadun Christian Youth Club was founded in 2000. Club president, Alex Rozario said that he came up with the idea of holding an eye camp because, "We felt the lack of eye care in my family and village. So I contacted the Dhaka Metro Lions Eye Hospital and asked for their help."

According to official data, some 80,000 people lose sight every year in Bangladesh due to lack of care. About 35% of the population suffer from eye problems.

Source: AsiaNews

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