Rawalpindi—As eye diseases are increasing children day by day the AlShifa Trust has all set to establish a state-of-the-art specialized children eye hospital in Pakistan, the trust executive director Brigadier (Rtd) Rizwan Asghar said. We are going for ground breaking ceremony of a full-fledged children eye hospital by April 6, which would be first of its kind in the entire region, said the executive director.
Talking to Pakistan Observer here on Thursday, he said that founder of the trust Late Jahandad Khan envisioned a specialised eye hospital for children in Pakistan which will become a reality within two years. It is a one billion project and the required amount is a donation from Pakistani philanthropists.
As a first step, we have established a fully equipped eye department which can handle two hundred patients per day, he said.
We will double the capacity in one year as the number of children with eye problems is increasing in Pakistan which can be attributed to the increase in pollution, allergies, unhygienic conditions, sugar and a general lack of awareness.
He said that only a specialized doctor can check a child and very special equipment is required for screening premature babies, he said, adding that it is easy to cure eye disease in childhood rather to wait and let it grow to a complicated level.
Statistics show that 90 percent of the blind could be easily treated during their child hood to save their eyesight. He said that new hospitals would be established after consolidation of the existing facilities at four hospitals in Rawalpindi, Sukkar, Kohat and Muzzafarbad. We have the privilege of making the blind see through medication and surgeries which have positive impacts on a patient’s life as they are able to see again that brings a rediscovered freedom to daily living that touches upon every aspect of that patient’s life, he added.
Seeing again allows patients to be more economically, socially and relationally active than they were before the treatment, Riwan Asgar said. It is pertinent to mention that every day about 1200-1500 patients from across the country visit the trust hospitals and are checked by the eye specialists while 70 to 80 surgeries are performed on daily basis.