BRIEF NOTE ON THE PAST ACHIEVEMENTS AND ONGOING AND FUTURE PROJECTS OF SRI SANKARADEVA NETHRALAYA, GUWAHATI, ASSAM
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya had a very humble beginning and started functioning in a house donated by Mr. Dipankar Chatterjee an eminent tea planter and with the help of Bank loan & Donation by Corporate Houses, Banking Organizations, Tea Industry, Petroleum Industry and individual donors, etc. The institution was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister of India, Late P. V. Narasimha Rao on 24th November, 1995. Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya is a non-profit making, dynamic and professional organization rendering eye care services with highest moral, ethical and legal standards. We run an eye hospital which provides state-of-the-art eye care facilities, post-graduate training centre for students, post-graduate teaching to medical professionals, community service centers for the poor, community service out-reach centres for providing quality eye care to the rural population. We also extend all possible technical support for developing any non-commercial eye treatment centre.
The Prime Minister of India Dr. S. Manmohan Singh visited the hospital on 23rd November, 2004 and declared the institution as a Centre of Excellence. Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya is also the first eye hospital in North-east India to get the ISO Certification for quality in the year 2006.
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has converted into reality the belief that the most modern and best service is useful only if it is provided at an affordable cost. A team of experienced, qualified and competent medical professionals and paramedics remain vigilant to serve throughout the year. Latest technology and techniques enable the institution to serve with precision and perfection. The hospital building has a total of 85,000 sq. ft area to cater to the needs of the patients.
Out Patient Department
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has got 5 (five) OPDs and a separate dedicated pediatric OPD. The hospital has all the major and minor OPD procedures for treatment of patients. The hospital plans to open up an OPD for senior citizens in the future.
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya (SSN)
has adequate facilities including essential instruments and equipments, beds,
nursing stations, proper ventilation, toilet facilities, essential furniture,
stretcher trolleys, etc. The hospital has a total capacity of 45 beds with ICU
facility. SSN has 10 Operation Theatres where all types of eye surgeries are performed.
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has a Structured Outreach Programme and under these we frequently conduct eye camps in rural areas where we detect patients requiring surgery and subsequently bring them to our hospital for surgery. The entire cost of treatment (including investigation procedures and surgery with Intra Ocular Lens implant) is borne by our institution.
At present, on an average, 32 per cent of our vision restoring surgeries are done totally free of cost for the patients of economically downtrodden sections of the society. We also do eye transplantations in patients regularly and about 50 per cent of the same is done totally free of cost for the poor patients.
Sankaradeva Nethralaya started its free Out Reach community service programme
to provide eye care facilities to the poor people living in far flung rural areas
of the region. The component of the out-reach
Nethralaya is a non profit organization. The surplus from hospital functioning
is allocated for free eye check-up, eye surgeries of poor patients, purchase of
medical equipments, construction and building repairs, maintenance of assets,
institution maintains its academic calendar. The institute is an acclaimed center
for post graduate fellowship programme, DNB course, training centre for SICS,
academic seminars, etc. Doctors from all over the country as well as abroad come
to the hospital for training and seminars. The fifth batch of post graduate students
will soon appear in their final examination. The students completing post graduate
courses in ophthalmology have established themselves in the country and abroad.
The institution also successfully conducts Govt. of India NPCB programmes (SICS)
and other educational programmes. Doctors from the institute participate in various
national and international seminars and meetings and present papers on medical
topic. The doctors are also
The consultant doctors of Sri Sankaradeva
Nethralaya are qualified and trained in hi-tech national and international ophthalmic
institutes and have to their credit study and research papers submitted in various
SSN ORBIS Project
For better pediatric eye care,
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has established a dedicated pediatric ophthalmology
unit with ORBIS International, USA. Under this project, service will be delivered
upto the grassroot level in
COLLABORATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya aspires to
provide a comprehensive eye care service to all. It has collaborated with the
following government and non government agencies:
Various responsibilities have been entrusted to us by the Govt. of India under National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and National Rural Health Mission of the Govt. of India, such as imparting of surgical training to government doctors of the north-eastern and other States, as per its prescribed format. Till date, our institution has trained 29 government doctors in Manual SICS (Small Incision Catract Surgery) and ECCE-IOL Procedures under NPCB programme of the Govt. of India.
We also conduct Outreach Surgery Camps in places like Mokokchung, Dimapur, Mon and Wokha towns in Nagaland, under NPCB, where Cataract Surgeries (with IOL implant) were performed free of cost on patients.
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has assisted in
establishing and developing human resource for a number of eye hospitals at different
locations in order to cater to the greater human need and to spread quality eye
care services to a wider area. Mention may be made of the Baba Behari Nethralaya,
in Sirsa, Haryana; Bawri Nethralaya, in Shillong, Meghalaya; Charitable Dispensary,
in Bonda, Assam; Lions Eye Hospital, in Guwahati,
The Eye Bank of Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya was established in 1997. Besides carrying out a number of corneal transplantations, the eye bank has conducted a number of public awareness programmes. More than 200 numbers of corneal transplantations were conducted till date with a success rate of over 80 per cent.
ONGOING AND FUTURE PLANS & PROJECTS
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya has planned the following activities for the future:
The institution plans to make the community outreach service more intensive and
include larger number of people of the region within its eye screening programmes
for reduction and eradication of blindness.
3. The incidence of eye cancer is high in the North-east, particularly the occurrence of Retino Blastoma is very common. Also there is a lack of institutions providing specialized treatment for eye cancer in the region. The hospital plans to open up a specialized centre for treatment and research of ocular oncology.
4. The hospital also intends to construct a new building (partly funded by North Eastern Council, Govt. of India) for providing support services of the hospital. The proposed building will provide hostel facilities to students, accommodation to paying and non paying patients, etc.
5. The hospital also plans to set up the most modern methods of patient record keeping. SSN plans to install Electronic Medical Recording device because it is ideal and recommended method of record keeping. In this system, record maintaining, reproduction, retrieval and transmission is very smart. It eliminates the need for huge space for storing MRD files and as the system is very prompt, patient waiting period and the probability of misplacement of records is almost nil.
6. Sri Sankaradeva plans to open up a centre for paramedical training. Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya is in all an institution focused on excellency, equity, affordability and having a compassionate attitude for the economically under privileged population.
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