Pointing out that only 25,000 eyes are donated each year in India, as against more than 2.5 lakh required, he said that students of affiliated colleges would take out a three-day door to door campaign from that day and convince people and enroll as many people as donors as they could. Ravichandran, Governor of District B-1 Lion International, said the programme&aposs unique feature was that after receiving the consent, a laminated certificate, with contact numbers of hospitals, would be displayed on the walls in houses, so that any person or relative can contact the hospital when a donor dies. In Tamil Nadu, hardly 1,000 eyes are donated in a year, Ravichandran said.
Jan 6, 2009
A novel concept, by which people will be motivated to donate eyes to give&aposlight&aposto lakhs of visually handicapped persons will be launched here on January 4 by Bharathiar university jointly with Local Districts of Lions International. This project would ensure that donors&aposeyes would be harvested and sent for corneal transplantation in five select hospitals in the region, University Vice-Chancellor Prof G. Thiruvasagam told reporters here. The programme, targeted at enrolling at least one lakh families, is titled as&apos Vizhi koduthu Oli koduppom,&apos(give light by donating eye), he said.