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Chief Minister opens cataract surgery centre

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Golden jubilee fete of Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital



GREETING: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with J. Agarwal, Chairman, Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the hospital in Chennai on Saturday. Amar Agarwal, Managing Director, is also in the picture.  1; Photo: M. Vedhan.

CHENNAI: A 700-micron cataract surgery centre was inaugurated by Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at the golden jubilee function of Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital held at Anna Arivalayam, here on Saturday.

The procedure first performed by Amar Agarwal, joint managing director of the hospital has reduced the size of the incision in the eye (during cataract surgery) to a needle-point, thereby increasing safety and comfort to the patient.

Pressing a button to unveil the plaque, Mr. Karunanidhi said great advances had been made in the field of medical technology over the years, thanks to dedication of doctors like the Agarwals. The qualities a doctor would have to possess included patience, skill and humility while treating the patient, the Chief Minister said.

The first duty of a doctor would be to put a patient at ease and not scare him/her. He congratulated J. Agarwal, chairman, Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital, for his service over the years in restoring sight to the poor.

Electricity Minister Arcot N.Veerasamy praised the hospital for being a pioneer in taking technology in the field of eye care forward. Union Minister for IT and Communications Dayanidhi Maran invited the hospital to participate in the Chief Minister's Kannoli Scheme to help the poor people of the State have access to eye care.

Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K. Vasan said Dr.Agarwal's Eye hospital was home to state-of-the-art world-class technology and dedicated staff.

Dr.Amar Agarwal said 75 per cent of the curable blind people were in the villages and the hospital was trying to reach them.

The Eye Research Centre had hitherto conducted 5,000 eye camps in which 5 lakh patients had benefited.

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