Bhubaneswar, 19th May, 2016: The Indian Oil Corporation had offered an assistance of Rs 2 crore to the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) as part of its CSR contribution for setting up the ‘Indian Oil Centre for Rural Eye Health’. The MOU was signed between Indian Oil Corporation Limited and L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar in March last year.

The Centre was inaugurated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan; Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

Indian Oil‐(LVPEI) Center for Rural Eye Health (CREH) located at the LVPEI Bhubaneswar campus is designed to provide solutions to visual impairment in rural Odisha. This center will coordinate with the secondary and primary eye care centers under the LVPEI Community Eye Health and Outreach services.

Community outreach program extends the traditional individual patient‐based clinical practice of Ophthalmology to the assessment & facilitation of good eye health in the population as a whole. The principle of community eye health is to apply the knowledge of eye care to the community to reduce blindness and visual impairment.

The Indian Oil CREH will work on the collected data from the Secondary centers to create District level

Quality Eye Care protocols, organize district school screening program and finally the visual impairment surveys in a systematic manner. Working in close collaboration with the Government of Odisha and other like‐minded eye care providers in the region, the Indian Oil Centre for Rural Eye Health envisages creating Odisha Vision Atlas that will help in program planning of quality eye care in Odisha. The Centre has a team of trained eye health personnel including ophthalmologists and the services will include all common eye diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Taraprasad Das, Vice Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, “Access to healthcare is a general concern in India, with rural and tribal pockets being the worst affected. Eye care in many parts of India is unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable to the economically underprivileged, despite the fact that 80% of visual impairment is avoidable and curable. LVPEI’s pyramid model of eye care demonstrates a comprehensive approach. It not only makes access to eye care services possible for the vulnerable and needy communities but also focuses on creating awareness and developing skilled human resources which is essential to sustainably scale up eye care services.”

LVPEI has translated their pyramidal model of eye care delivery in Odisha with the first secondary centre in Rajgangpur, the OCL Eye Care Centre established in 2015. The secondary centre is serving people from western Odisha and the neighboring Jharkhand state. The second secondary centre was established at Rayagada, one of the backward and Tribal districts of Odisha. The third one is at Berhampur, which was inaugurated in December 2015. All these secondary centres are aimed to serve the 5 lakhs population of the service delivery areas without compromising the quality and equity.

Shri Pritish Bharat, General Manager, Odisha State Office, IOCL and Mr Bikash Mohanta, Asst Director, Public Health, Bhubaneswar Campus were also present on the occasion.

The LVPEI network currently includes a Centre of Excellence at Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centers in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 15 secondary and 134 primary care centers that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.

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