Inauguration of Netaji Eye Hospital Marks a New Dawn in Eye Care for Rural West Bengal

 Ramchandrapur, West Bengal – October 31, 2023 – Netaji Eye Hospital, located in the remote hamlet of Ramchandrapur, West Bengal, has been rejuvenated and transformed into a state-of-the-art healthcare institution thanks to the diligent efforts of community leader Himadri Chakraborty, under the patronage of Sankara Eye Hospitals, USA.

The official inauguration of the newly revamped hospital took place today, heralding a significant milestone in the field of eye care in this region.Netaji Eye Hospital, a beacon of hope for the underserved rural communities in West Bengal, has witnessed a remarkable transformation under the guidance of Mr. Himadri Chakraborty, a third-generation community leader, carrying forward the legacy of his grandfather, Swami Aseemji. This grand endeavor, financially supported by Sankara Eye Hospitals, USA, is a testament to the power of collaboration between local leaders and international philanthropy.

The lighting of the lamp ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Murali Krishnamurthy, CEO of Sankara Eye Hospitals, USA, who did the honor of inaugurating the hospital. He was accompanied by the esteemed Board of Trustees of Sankara, who have been unwavering in their commitment to improving eye care accessibility in underprivileged regions.The Netaji Eye Hospital, now a 250-bedded facility, stands as a beacon of hope for countless individuals who would otherwise face barriers to quality eye care.

It offers free eye surgeries to those in need and is currently performing 7,000 free surgeries annually. With the completion of the renovation, the hospital aims to increase its annual surgeries to an impressive 17,000 in the fiscal year 2023-24.Sankara Eye Hospitals' financial support has been instrumental in the hospital's transformation.

This support has allowed for the acquisition of crucial infrastructure, including transformers and generators to ensure uninterrupted power supply, a thorough revamping of the hospital's interiors with fresh painting and tiling work, the addition of an in-house laundry facility, new beds for in-patients, and the procurement of cutting-edge machinery required for optometry services. The hospital now also boasts a dedicated section for paid patients, expanding its reach and ensuring sustainability.

Netaji Eye Hospital, situated in the remote area of West Bengal, approximately an hour from Asansol, extends its impact to not only the immediate region but also reaches into neighboring states like Jharkhand and parts of Bihar. The hospital's mission is to eliminate preventable blindness and make eye care accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location.The inauguration of Netaji Eye Hospital marks a significant step forward in the journey towards eliminating avoidable blindness in rural India, and the Sankara’s dedication to serving the underprivileged is an inspiration to the entire healthcare community.

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