March 2015

Nation’s leading infrastructure company joins hands with Sankara Nethralaya to bring great value to its proud neighbourhood

Mahindra Life Spaces

‘Mahindra Life Spaces’ the creator of Mahindra World City envisaged it to be a perfect blend of world class infrastructure for enhanced life and work balance. Mahindra World City joined hands with Sankara Nethralaya to give a new meaning to this noble objective by enhancing the quality of life and ability to work of the local residents, by bringing back lost vision through world class eye care taken to their door steps. The valedictory function of the  7 day Mobile Eye Screening/Surgical camp (MESU) held on the 14th of March 2015 the concluding day, started on a lively note with a group song ‘the world is a small place, the world is full of laughter’ by tiny tots from the Mahindra World School.

Extending a warm welcome the audience and dignitaries Shri Subrata Sen Gupta, Marketing Manager, Mahindra World City gave an impressive account of the camp, a part of the organization’s CSR initiative aimed at serving the 7 neighbouring villages, he gave the camp figures as 475 screened, 70 cataract surgeries performed and 28 patients with more complex cases referred to the base hospital. He recalled that Mahindra City had recently completed eye screening for more than 1000 students jointly with Sankara Nethralaya, adding jubilantly that Dr SS.Badrinath and his team have been responsible for reviving the vision of millions, to the thunderous applause of the gathering. Welcoming the honourable Chief Guest of the function Dr. S. Geethalakshmi, Director of Medical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Gajendra Kumar Varma, Senior Consulant , Sankara Nethralaya lauded her as an innovator, best teacher, best administrator and recalled her stellar role in WHO’s waste management program which won her great laurels. He had a high word of appreciation for Shri Arul Pichai Narayanan Muthu, Director, ARMA Medical Foundation for his role in preventive healthcare and special training accorded for lab technicians. Speaking on the occasion Special Guest of the event, Shri Chandru, Chief Operating Officer of Mahindra World City observed that Sankara Nethralaya and its founder Dr S.S.Badrinath needed no introduction as they are known the world over. He remarked that Sankara Nethralaya has displayed its mastery over the art of taking health care to the villages through the recently concluded camp and urged that its services should be extended to larger areas of the country to serve the society better.

Mahindra Life Spaces

Dr P.S.Rajesh, Head, MESU operations highlighted that MESU was created to take high quality eye care to the doorsteps of patients living in interior villages, he traced the inception and operation of the advanced outdoor facility with impressive figures of beneficiaries, he underlined that one of the beneficiaries of the just concluded camp was a polio patient who would have found it very difficult to travel to a base hospital, which captured the spirit of the MESU. Speaking on the occasion Dr. SS.Badrinath congratulated the work of the MESU team and the Mahindra city team as remarkable, he thanked the management of Mahindra World City for their gracious hospitality during the week long camp. He utilized the opportunity to give an interesting insight into the vision impairment scenario in the country, the impressive role of the blindness control society in bringing this down significantly, how cataract remains the single biggest threat to healthy vision, concentration of doctors in the urban areas and the pioneering role of MESU in taking quality eye care to the villages.

Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Dr S. Geethalakshmi lauded the role of public spirited institutions like Sankara Nethralaya and Mahindra World City in providing health care to the needy and how such partnerships greatly complemented the government’s measures towards providing healthcare, to a great extent. Shri Elumalai, Panchayath President expressed his profuse thanks to Sankara Nethralaya and Mahindra City for bringing world class eye care to the villagers living in the region. The momentous event came to an end with a touching Vote of thanks by Shri K. Arul Kumar, Coordinator MESU Operations, Sankara Nethralaya.


Sankara Nethralaya’s Senior Oculoplasty surgeon appeals for a ‘New Face’ for acid attack survivors.

The Acid Survivors Foundation India (ASFI) the leading NGO formed for the prevention of acid burns and providing support services to acid attack victims, by way of legal aid, after care and rehabilitation, launched its ‘Southern Chapter’, in the city recently. The function was attended by Dr. SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus and Dr. Nirmala Subramanian, Professor Emeritus and Senior Surgeon at Sankara Nethralaya’s Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic services. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Nirmala Subramanian among the nation’s veteran plastic and reconstructive surgeons made an emphatic appeal to social work organizations to support, encourage and give confidence to acid attack survivors to enable them to ‘face’ the world.

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Chief recaps his professional journey at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of leading eye hospital.

Lotus Hospital and Research Institute the premium Coimbatore based eye care center celebrated its silver jubilee year with great fanfare, the event was observed as an international conference on retina and uvea titled ‘Eye Trendz- Retina & Uvea 2015’ at the Vivanta by the Taj on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015 at Coimbatore. The two day conference witnessed the presense and participation of leading national and international ophthalmologists from the fields of uvea and retina. Dr.SS.Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya was invited as the guest speaker to deliver the ‘Lotus Oration’ on the momentous occasion. The man whom the institution stepping into its 25th year considers as a ‘Our Teacher and Doyen of Ophthalmology’ took the audience on an interesting 4 decade journey with his talk titled ‘My Journey through VR Surgery’ tracing the eye care scenario from the past to the present, he also announced an ambitious joint initiative between the Lotus Hospital and Research Institute and Sankara Nethralaya in the form of collaborative research in new and enabling technologies in the realm of ophthalmology.

An old friend and well wisher initiates and supports State of the Art eye care in a semi-urban pocket bordering Chennai.

Mobile Eye Surgical Unit

The House of GRT and its founder Shri G.Rajendran have been long time friends of Sankara Nethralaya and hold its founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr. SS.Badrinath, in the highest regard; they have risen to the occasion most magnanimously and supported many cost free eye care initiatives most generously. The group has also made a handsome donation towards meeting the cost of constructing an entire floor at the Sri A.Sivasailam block, Sankara Nethralaya’s State of the Art eye care center to be inaugurated soon at the old Lady Willingdon Hospital Campus. A group with a strong commitment to serving the poor and needy, the house of GRT expressed its desire to take quality eye care to the town of Tirutani and its neighbouring villages through eye screening and on the spot cataract surgery enabled by Sankara Nethralaya’s   ‘Mobile Eye Surgical Unit’ (MESU), the ground work by the two organizations for the same started in right earnest, well in advance of the camp.

In keeping with the saying ‘do a good thing and many good people will follow you’ the local chapters of well known service organizations like the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Catholic Society of Canada and the Tiruvalur District Blindness Control Society rose to the occasion most admirably and a comprehensive eye screening camp was conducted by Sankara Nethralaya’s outdoor eye care team. The Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) reached the GRT Institute of Engineering Technology at GRT Mahalakshmi Nagar, Tirutani, the venue of the camp on the morning of the 15th of February 2015 and started the eye screening on the same day. The camp was very well received and a total of 796 local people were screened, high quality cataract removal surgery followed by implantation of intra-ocular lens was carried out and vision revived for 155 patients at the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) by the outdoor eye care team, between the 15th and 24th of February 2015. The beneficiaries of the screening camp included the residents of Tirutani town, neighbouring villages and the students and faculty members of the GRT educational institutions.

The ‘Geetham Hall’, GRT Hotel, Tirutani, the venue of the inaugural function was packed to capacity on the 18th of February, Dr SS.Badrinath extended a warm welcome to the gathering and thanked them for the overwhelming response, he introduced the honourable Chief Guest of the day Shri K. Veera Raghava Rao IAS, District Collector, Tiruvallur and thanked him for gracing the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, guest of honour Shri T.V Antony, distinguished civil servant and former Chief Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government recalled his more than 35 years association with Dr SS.Badrinath. He recalled Sankara Nethralaya which he had seen as a  small set up at the time of its inception, adding that it looks like a sprawling university today, he attributed this stupendous growth to the enthusiasm and dedication of Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr. Vasanthi Badinath, remarking in lighter vein that given his agility and energy he would estimate Dr SS.Badrinath to be around 40 years of age, the former Chief Secretary recalled that he remembered the noble couple constantly running for the cause eye care without any rest, from the time he knew them and expressed his amazement that they have not slackened their speed to this day. The former Chief Secretary underlined that 6% of the State’s total population of 50 crores; amounting to a  staggering 42 lakhs are visually impaired and it is only through such relief camps conducted in the rural areas that this problem can be solved. Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Shri K.Veera Raghava Rao, IAS, Collector of Tiruvallur  observed that he considered it a honour to be a part o f such a noble initiative and share the dais along with stalwarts like Shri T.V Antony, whose illustrious career in Civil Service  began even before he was born and Dr. SS.Badrinath whose selfless service to society began when he was a small boy, as the district collector he thanked the organizers for the great initiative being carried out in his district. He recalled the outdoor eye screening camps of Sankara Nethralaya in the earlier days when patients found needing treatment would be taken to the Sankara Nethralaya main hospital and treated and dropped back and complimented the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit as an innovative initiative which has simplified the entire process. He thanked the members of the Rotary, Lions Clubs and Society for Prevention of Blindness, students of the GRT College and the House of GRT for striving hard to make the function a grand success. The chief guest closed his talk with the observation that there was no retirement for service minded people like Dr SS.Badrinath and Shri T.V Antony which is richly illustrated by the fact that they were enthusiastically participating in the day’s event.