The Government Ophthalmology Hospital has requested for a new building to commemorate the bicentenary of the institution.
The hospital launched a year-long celebration on Wednesday with a continuing medical education programme and by honouring its alumni.
At a function to inaugurate the celebrations, the director of the hospital appealed for several facilities, including a wet lab for postgraduate students to train, greenhouse garden and a commemorative arch.
Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar, who launched the celebrations by releasing balloons, administered a pledge to doctors, nurses and hospital staff that they would commit themselves to spread awareness about eye donation besides giving the best patient care. He agreed to sanction Rs. 50 lakh for the commemorative arch.
Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan urged young doctors to create preventive management for diseases such as glaucoma and mucular degeneration.
The Minister wanted the doctors to find ways to screen newborns for retinopathy of prematurity, given its proximity to the Institute of Gynaecology and the Institute of Child Health.
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