On the invitation of the Ministry of health South Sudan, specialists from Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore participated in a unique curative and preventive health camp which helped treat over 2000 patients in South Sudan.
The camp was hosted by the Indian Association of South Sudan between the 12th and 15th July at Juba. ”The most rewarding part of the expedition was the respect and faith the people of Sudan had for our expertise,” shared Diwakar, Senior Optometrist Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.
The team carried with them equipment which permitted consultation by specialists here in Bangalore. ”The most common condition among the 150+ patients requiring treatment for eye diseases was cataracts and refractive errors. However we did see a number of patients with diseases secondary to the high UV exposure and also retinal conditions. We were able to benefit from the expertise of our colleagues at Bangalore and this gave us immense confidence”, Dr Praveen Talwar, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore added.
Doctors from MVJ College also participated in the camp, catering to the needs of those requiring consultation in Obstetrics and gynecology, Infectious diseases and Pediatrics.
His Excellency Emmanuel Honorable Minister of Health, Central Equatorial State and Mr. Pramod Bajaj, Indian Ambassador to South Sudan were guest of honour at the camp.
About the author: Dr Kaushik Murali, is the Coordinator Medical Quality & Strategy at Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India. The organisation is one of the largest providers of community eye care in the country providing vision restoring surgery to over 1,50,000 underpriviledged every year.(www.sankaraeye.com) In addition Dr Kaushik is also the Honorary Director of Nanna Kannu a comprehensive paediatric eye care programme for children in Karnataka (www.facebook.com/nannakannu)