Al-Shifa, OGDC ink deal to provide eye care facilities in remote areas

Twentyseven free eye camps to be arranged annually

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital and Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) on Monday signed a MoU to provide quality healthcare facilities to the people of remote areas.
According to the agreement, the trust will hold free surgical eye camps is the far-flung areas of the country where people lack quality eye care facilities.
The document was signed by the Executive Director of Al-Shifa Trust Rizwan Asghar and CRS Manager of OGDC Mr. Abdul Rauf Khajjak while many other officials of both institutions were also present on the occasion.
The Trust will hold twenty-seven free surgical eye camps in the remote areas with the cooperation of the OGDC and all the facilities will be provided free of any cost to the patients.
Officials of both the departments also agreed to increase cooperation to serve the humanity. Speaking at the occasion, Executive Director of the trust Rizwan Asghar said that the trust is providing medical assistance to 2.5 lakh people annually through free eye camps, around 3 lakh are treated in hospitals while 1.5 lakh children are screened and treated in schools.
He said that this is not enough as more resources must be allocated to enable government and private organisations to strive effectively for the noble cause as every child must be screened once a year after initial tests.
The trust provides free treatment worth Rs 800 million annually while a plan has been devised to raise resources to assist more people without compromising treatment quality, he said.
He noted that as many as 15 percent of the children visiting eye-screening camps in different schools have been diagnosed with a problem which is alarming and a threat to our future.

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