Nurses’ Day

Nurses’ Day was celebrated across the network on May 12, 2015. The day is a commemoration of the birthday of Florence Nightingale when nurses rededicate themselves to their service of patients.

 
Retinoblastoma Awareness Week

The 8th World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week, May 10-16, had a series of activities to bring public focus on this eye disease that affects children between the age group of 0-5 years. Retinoblastoma is the most common childhood eye cancer affecting one in 15,000 to 18,000 live births and LVPEI treats about 150 to 200 cases every year. Early diagnosis can help save the life, eye, and vision of the child. Activities for the Awareness Week included a press conference with a couple of parents of patients as spokespersons, a Parents’ Forum and a blood donation drive.

   

Namika and Farukh Rashid, parents of 3 year old Fatima from Lahore in Pakistan narrated how they travelled 13 times across the international border over the past 2 years to have their daughter treated for retinoblastoma by Dr Swathi Kaliki. “Indians are lucky to have their doctors stay back to treat their patients and not go abroad,” said

Namika. Arati and Rajesh Kumar Prajapati, parents of Rounak from Kolkata, rued having lost precious time due to lack of awareness regarding retinoblastoma. “His one eye is treated now; perhaps the other eye could have been treated too if we had detected the problem early,” said Arati.

 

Retinoblastoma Parents’ Forum, May 13, 2015: Consultants who spoke to the gathering of parents included Dr Swathi Kaliki, Dr Vijay Anand Reddy, Dr Archana Bhargava, Dr Annie Hasan and Mahalakshmi. The Joyalukkas Foundation renewed their support for supplying food supplements to children with retinoblastoma with its representatives Mr Justin and Mr Sanoj presenting a cheque.

 
 

Awards & Honours

LVPEI received the “Best Management Award” given by the Labour Employment Training and Factories Department, Government of Telangana. Dr Gullapalli N Rao received the award from the Chief Minister of Telangana
Sri K Chandra Sekhar Rao on May Day - 1st May 2015.


Nine faculty members from LVPEI earned the inaugural “ARVO Communicator Ribbon”, given to 10% of all presentations at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The winners were: Taraprasad Das, Jay Chhablani, Rohit Khanna, Vijaya K Gothwal, Sayan Basu, Ashutosh Richhariya, Subhabrata Chakrabarti, Inderjeet Kaur and Soumyava Basu.


LVPEI has won the India Healthcare Award 2014, jointly instituted by CNBC TV18 and ICICI Lombard, in the category Best Single Specialty Hospital – Ophthalmology. The award will be given on 8th June in New Delhi.


Subhabrata Chakrabarti has been invited by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to serve on their Research Training Planning Committee.


L S Varadharajan and Shrikant Bharadwaj were on the National Taskforce meet for curriculum development in Optometry on 20 May 2015 at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. This is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Family Welfare following their proposal to form a council for all Allied Health personnel, including Optometrists. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) were the organizers of the meeting.

 

‘Bloodline’ Blood Donation Initiative, May 16, 2015: Actor Nara Rohit inaugurated the blood donation camp at the KAR Campus that had more than 200 participants donating blood. LVPEI has an MoU with the NTR Trust Blood Banks for LVPEI’s patients to be provided with the required quantity of blood completely free of the processing fee. Most patients who require to be transfused are little children undergoing treatment for Retinoblastoma.

 
 
Rehabilitation Clients Ace Exams

21 student clients of LVPEI’s Rehabilitation Services have aced their 10th grade/ Intermediate examinations this year. These students were provided with educational support and guidance in one or more aids such as digital audio or Braille books, arrangements for scribe or reader service, educational scholarships, facilitating of admissions and supporting documentation, remedial coaching, etc. Of particular pride to the LVPEI family is Swapna, the daughter of Mr Ashok working with the Patient Care Department at the KAR Campus.

 
The Apple of Their Eye

Vinita and Lalit Kumar Saxena, parents of Little Shevya bitterly rue the delay in taking their child to an eye doctor as they were not aware that the child’s squinting or shining glow were symptoms of retinoblastoma, an eye cancer in very young children. A local eye doctor even suggested the child would outgrow the

squint. By the time they arrived at LVPEI in November 2014, the cancer had taken its toll on the left eye but was in its early stage in the right eye. It was necessary to remove the left eye of the child to save her life, and she was started on chemotherapy to save the right eye. After 6 months of anti-cancer treatment, Shevya continues to be her bubbly and playful self with good vision in the right eye. She is now 15 months of age, bravely complying with the chemotherapy injections, and playing with her brother as she awaits her appointment. Her family is grateful for the guidance and treatment given by Dr Swathi Kaliki that has saved her life, eye, and vision. The Saxenas are determined to spread awareness about retinoblastoma so that no other child loses an eye or life to the disease due to ignorance or delay in treatment.

 
 

Visitors & Updates

A photography exhibition and fundraising sale by Vinay Swaroop Balla, alumni of BLSO and currently Research Optometrist at Singapore National University of Singapore, at the Art Gallery in KAR campus on 2 May 2015 had its proceeds being donated to the Institute.

An eye screening program was organized on the 13 and 14 May 2015 for the cab drivers, security staff and other service staff at ADP at their Kondapur and Somajiguda offices respectively. Over 260 people were screened.

 

Our Support in May

Adilabad
Suresh Pataskar

Bhubaneswar
K C Mohanty
Chhoton De
S S Samantaray
Kirteemayee Roul
Gangadhara Kar

Hyderabad
K Bhanumurti
Mohan Humnabadkar
G Krishna Prasad
Srinivas
Rajya Lakshmi
Meenakshi Nimgaonkar
Sukla Mitra
Kandimalla Veera   Prasad Rao
Perin Bazun Dittia
Sagar Pandraka
B S N Pallayya

Srikakulam
D Veerabhadra Swamy

Karimnagar
L Sulochana Devi

Visakhapatnam
S Surya Kantham
S R L Diagnostics Ltd.

Vijayawada
M Vijay Kumar
Mast O Abhiram
Sagar Pandraka

Kochi
Joyalukkas Foundation

Kolkata
Satya Nam Baksh Singh
Amyn Pirani

Pune
Bisham Hinduja

Thane
Anil R Goyal

USA
Harinath Garudadri in   memory of Late Dr   Narahari
Narmada Narayanan

Dubai
Latiff Nasher Numkn

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