Odisha, March 1, 2018: The Bijayananda Patnaik Eye Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute’s 18th Secondary Eye Care Centre, and the fourth secondary centre in the state of Odisha, was inaugurated at Pabitrdiha, Keonjhar, in Odisha by Shri Pratap Jena, Hon’ble Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha. The Chief guest was Shri Badri Narayan Patra, Hon’ble Minister for School and Mass Education. The guests of honour were Smt Sakuntala Laguri, Hon’ble MP and Shri Abhiram Naik, Hon’ble MLA.

The late Dr Bijayananda Patnaik and his wife Dr Rajinder Kalsi Patnaik gifted the land. The Combat Blindness International, USA supported the construction of the hospital and equipment through a generous gift from the Jack Deloss Taylor Charitable Trust, USA.

Keonjhar district is one of the five most scheduled areas of Odisha. To make quality eye care accessible and affordable, LVPEI along with its partners, and local support from the community, has established a comprehensive eye care facility in the district of Keonjhar. Additionally, low vision rehabilitation services will also be provided at the centre through its centre-based and community-based approach. Low Vision Rehabilitation is an integral part of the LVPEI’s pyramidal model of care delivery. Going forward, primary eye care centres will be established in the vicinity of this secondary centre.

According to Dr Taraprasad Das, Vice Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, “The centre in Keonjhar will look at the general and specifically eye health of people working and living in mining areas of Keonjhar. The LVPEI Keonjhar centre will also participate in the Universal Eye Health program initiated by the Government of Odisha. Under this program, the centre will conduct various school eye care and general eye screening programs. We will complement the local and Government health system.”

The LVPEI eye care network in Odisha comprises one Tertiary Eye Care Centre in Bhubaneswar, 3 Secondary Eye Care Centres at Rajgangpur (Sundargarh district), Rayagada (Rayagada district) and Berhampur (Ganjam district) and 2 Primary Eye Care Centres at Lanziberna (attached to Rajgangpur centre) and Therubali (attached to Rayagada Centre).

Dr Mrs Rajinder Kalsi Patnaik said “This small piece of land where my late husband was born has been turned into ‘a piece of art’ ophthalmic hospital. There could not be a better tribute to him and the entire Patnaik family.”

Professor Suresh Chandra, Founder Chairman, Combat Blindness International said “The Foundation is proud to support the construction of Bijayananda Patnaik Eye Centre through a grant from Jack Deloss Taylor Foundation. The Eye Centre will provide high quality and sustainable eye care to people of Keonjhar. I am thankful to my friend Dr T P Das for his relentless and genuine efforts to eradicate blindness in Odisha.”

About L V Prasad Eye Institute

The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1987 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Centre for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has ten active arms to its areas of operations namely Clinical Services, Education, Research, Vision Rehabilitation, Rural and Community Eye Health, Eye Banking, Advocacy and Policy Planning, Capacity Building, Innovation and Product Development. For more information, visit www.lvpei.org

The LVPEI pyramidal model of eye care network currently includes a Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 18 secondary and 169 Vision Centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.

For further information, please contact:

Bikash Chandra Mohanta
Assistant Director
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus
Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024
Contact- Mobile: 9437920451; Landline: (91)674-3987105; Fax: (91) 674-3987130
Email: bikash@lvpei.org Website: www.lvpei.org