Yogiraj Swami Sitaramdasji Maharaj Hospital and Research Centre, Ramtek run and managed by Orange City Hospital & Research Institute in association with Rotary Club of Nagpur had recently organized a FREE MEGA CATARACT SURGERY CAMP at Ramtek for the benefit of poor and rural population of Ramtek and surrounding areas. All the surgeries, medicines, hospital accommodation and hospitality were provided to the patients “free of cost”.
Out of 77 patients, 74 patients were operated for cataract and 3 for Pterigium in two phases. Patients were operated by Senior Ophthalmic surgeons Dr. Yashpal Lamba, Rtn. Dr. Rafat Khan, Rtn. Dr. Shivani Bidiye and Dr. Abhay Agashe.
More than 500 needy patients were screened over the period of one month by team of Yogiraj Hospital under the leadership of Dr. K. Gopal Krishna Gokhale, CMO, YSSMHRC. He was assisted by Dr. Nahush Bawankar, Dr. Ankit, Optometrists Shri. Mohnish, Shri. Salim and Shri. Kapil & team.
At the outset Shri. Narayandas Agrawal, President, Shri Laxminarayan Devasthan briefed about the unique facilities available at hospital. He highlighted that Yogiraj Hospital is being run and managed by Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, Nagpur on “No Loss No Profit Basis” to provide best medical healthcare services to the rural population at affordable costs.
Dr. Deepak Dongre, Nodal Officer I/c, Yogiraj Hospital expressed that such free surgery Camps in the rural areas by renowned doctors are very much essential as people are not much affordable to avail quality healthcare services. Because of this initiative taken by Yogiraj Hospital and Rotary Club Nagpur, rural people getting quality and ethical healthcare services of OCHRI at their doorsteps. Due to visual correction, patient’s lifestyle gets improved and their span of life gets extended by at least five years. We think this is the best exercise where our doctors altruistically make their knowledge and skills available to serve the humanity. In this way we are able to reach the unreachable.
Rtn. Ms. Kushnoor Chugh, President, Rotary Club Nagpur stated that, “Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. It is our opinion that camp-based cataract correction is still an important alternative in rural India. Untiring efforts taken by Rotary Ophthalmologists and supporting staff from Orange City Hospital & management of Yogiraj Hospital resulted into successfully performing all surgeries. It is our duty to devote oneself in alleviating misery of our not so well to do brethren. The joy on the faces of the poor patients and their relatives was moving and rejuvenating.”
Rtn Parag Paranjape, Secretary, Rtn. Rina Sinha, Treasurer and other fellow rotary members also visited the hospital and graced the event. Adv. Sanjiv Khandelwal, Shri. Madhukar Mankar, Shri. Sharma from SLD were prominently present on this occasion. On this occasion Shri. Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman, Dr. Usha Nair, Dr. Anup Marar and Dr. Vidya Nair, Directors, OCHRI congratulated the teams from Rotary, OCHRI and Yogiraj Hospital for their active participation and sterling success of the camp. Shri. Rajesh Mastkar, Shri. Moreshwar Khajure, Smt. Vaishali Sakore, Smt. Kanchan Harode, Smt. Houshila Kanoje, Shri. Prashant & Shri. Sachin and paramedical staff of Yogiraj Hospital & Orange City Hospital and all members of Rotary Club Nagpur worked hard for the success of this camp.