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Eye care project for differently abled launched

‘Privilege card’ for free treatment will be issued to beneficiaries identified

Former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami launched an eye care project, ‘Vision for the Differently Abled (VISDA),’ at Rajan Eye Care Hospital on Saturday.

The scheme is a joint initiative by Chennai Vision Charitable Trust of Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Rotary Club of Madras T. Nagar and Tamil Nadu Differently Abled Federation Charitable Trust, which aims to address eye ailments among differently abled.

Role of NGOs stressed

Mr. Gopalaswami said the project should be extended throughout the State to meet the requirements of the differently abled. The Government alone can’t tackle the problem and NGOs have to contribute a lot, he said.

Chairman and Medical Director of Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Mohan Rajan, said that a ‘privilege card’ would be given to the differently abled identified by the Federation and the card holders could avail themselves of all services offered at the hospital, including medical tests and surgery free of cost.

State Commissioner for Welfare of Differently Abled S. Murugaia said the special needs of the differently abled would be addressed through this project with the help of the Federation and NGOs.

P. Simmachandran and D. Ponnuswamy, president and secretary of Tamil Nadu Differently Abled Federation Charitable Trust, and Sujatha Mohan, executive medical director of Rajan Eye Care, were present.

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