HelpAge donates Rs 5M eye lenses

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HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL) last week donated five million rupees worth of foldable Intra Ocular eye lenses to the Ministry of Health for distribution among Government hospitals countrywide.

Health Ministry, Director General Dr. Asela Gunawardana accepted the eye lenses from the Executive Director of HelpAge Sri Lanka Samantha Liyanawaduge. The lenses were donated following a request made by Ministry of Health, Vision 2020 programme, National Coordinator Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr. Champa Banagala.

Liyanawaduge said a recent survey has revealed that many Sri Lankan elders who need cataract surgeries are unable to get their surgeries done at private hospitals due to high cost and non-availability of lenses in Government hospitals.

This prompted HelpAge to provide these lenses to needy patients through Government hospitals countrywide, so that they could get their eye surgeries done at nearest hospitals.

He said in addition HelpAge also conducts about 15 to 20 free cataract surgeries, for people over 55 years,  almost every day at the HelpAge Eye Hospital in Wellawatta, Colombo 6.

Dr. Gunawardana highly valued the donation and said these lenses will be sent to countrywide hospitals in due course to expand the cataract surgery programme for disadvantaged elders.

By Ananda Kannangara