Minister of Health, Tamil Nadu, Thiru M R K Panneerselvam inaugurates the Kalaignar Kaappettu Thittam Centre
To commemorate World Health Day on April 7, Sankara Nethralaya opened a special centre for the Kalaignar Kaappettu Thittam and kick-started its 15-day World Health Day Campaign, in collaboration with Aahaa FM.
The new centre was inaugurated by the Minister of Health, Tamil Nadu, Thiru M R K Panneerselvam at a function held at Nethralaya.
Patients visiting the centre, located on Greams Road, will undergo a preliminary level of examination. Following the diagnosis, they will be sent to the main hospital for further treatment.
The new centre, exclusively dedicated to KKT, will ensure that more people are made aware of the scheme and the numerous life saving treatments that it covers.
Areas of ophthalmology covered under KKT include Glaucoma, Vitreorteinal, corneal and paediatric ophthalmology.
Launched in July 2009, the Kalaignar Kaappettu Thittam has, in a short span of time, helped numerous indigent patients seek life saving treatments.
Sankara Nethralaya, which strongly supports such welfare schemes for the economically weaker sections of society, has, so far, provided ophthalmic treatment to nearly 70 patients under the scheme.
Also, as part of its world health day campaign, along with Aahaa FM, the ‘Eye Care Express’, a mobile unit will spread awareness on the Kalaignar Kaappettu Thittam and eye care and conduct free screening at government offices.
Sankara Nethralaya special centre opened
The Hindu, April 8, 2010