Lanjigarh: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit last week provided spectacles to over 530 students as part of its Baljyoti Eye Health programme. The distribution of spectacles was carried out through several eye screening camps organized over a span of four months for over 18,000 students in Lanjigarh block and took it to another 27,000 students in Junagarh block.
Following an initial screening, spectacles were supplied from the camps free of charge to students who were diagnosed with refractive errors. Those found to have other optical problems like squint, micro cornea, watering, redness, viral keratitis, corneal scar, iris colocoma, will be provided with low-vision devices like tabs and daisy players. Children with more serious optical maladies were referred to as Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RSBK) for treatment.
The programme also involved the teachers by sensitising them about ways to identify and recognise problems pertaining to eyes among children. Teachers of every school in both the blocks were provided with screening kits for this purpose.
Padhman Kumar Patra, a student of the tenth standard of Gopabandh High School in Biswanathpur, is a beneficiary of the Vedanta Baljyoti Eye Health programme. He has been wearing spectacles for over five months now. “Earlier I used to face a lot of difficulties in reading, writing and even while playing. I used to have regular headaches. So when the vision screening camp was held in our school, I attended it. It is there that the doctors told me I have a problem with my vision. They provided me with spectacles. Now I can read, write, play without any difficulty. Thank you Vedanta for helping me,” he said.
This is the first time an eye health programme was conducted in these blocks. Vedanta believes that treating these simple problems will substantially help reduce the rate of school dropouts in these developing areas, enable students to pursue their education with a clear focus, and aid them in creating a better future for themselves.