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Monday, February 13, 2012

Al-Shifa trying to expand eye camp network

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital has decided to expand the network of free eye camps at union council level in far-flung areas of the country to minimise the challenge of blindness under its outreach eye care programme. The announcement was made at a conference held to mark the first death anniversary of great humanitarian icon and founding president of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals, Lt Gen (r) Jahan Dad Khan, on Monday. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital President Lt Gen (r) Hamid Javed said that though Jahan Dad Khan left a year ago, his selfless work for the people will keep him alive for his service of the humanity. He said Al-Shifa, based on the vision of Gen Jahan Dad Khan, had decided to expand the network of free eye camps at union council level under the community outreach programme. He said the trust had treated millions since its establishment at its four state-of-the-art hospitals located in Sukkur, Kohat, Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi. He said that besides this, more than 150,000 patients at 500 free eye camps were treated every year, which makes it one of the largest outreach eye care programmes in the country. He said that blindness had become a major challenge in the country, especially in under-privileged areas where non-availability of proper treatment had left many blind. He said that the trust would double the number of free eye camps to cope with the challenge and provide treatment to the people at their threshold. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, speaking on the occasion, said Gen Jahan Dad Khan was such a glory that he picked off fallen eyes of the blind and roamed the world to rescue these with light. He went from door to door to collect the means of providing hope to the blind. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Vice President Saeed Ahmad Qureshi, renowned columnist Baig Raj and Dr Hasan also paid tributes to Gen Jahan Dad Khan for his service to humanity. Pakistan Times report


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