Detail work profile & achievements :
Worked extensively with innovations to promote the noble cause of Eye Donation awareness in Punjab from 1992 at grass root level especially in rural area with success by public co-operation on selfless basis by the means mentioned as below:
16 years of vast clinical experience in providing eye care services, especially to under privileged patients of Rural and poor who can’t afford high tech facilities and surgery either totally free or at very low cost.
Started work in ophthalmology especially in rural area at Mansuran, a small village in Distt. Ludhiana in 1993. Shifted residence with family in village to provide 24 hours services to village population especially when Punjab state was suffering from disturbed atmosphere of militancy.
With public co-operation and hard work, free eye operation camps were organized in rural area especially remote area, with limited resources. Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and many social organisations helped in the blindness control programme.
Initially rural public was totally unaware about the noble cause of eye donations, but by providing selfless services they gradually demonstrated good amount of confidence in eye donations.
Apart from strong motivation and easy availability of doctor, concept of “local procurement and utilization” helped a lot in promoting eye donations among rural area. It means if some donated their relative’s eyes posthumously, the cornea transplantation was performed on person of same or nearby village’s blind person. By the time public and masses got aware about this noble cause on selfless basis, the promotion of eye donations received good momentum as it was promoting sense of selfless service, kindness and brotherhood, feelings of national integration and far away from caste and creed. Even the person afraid of blood donations had pledged for eye donations after their death at religious gatherings.
Public was totally unaware of facts of eye donation, full of ill faith regarding eye donation, leaders were afraid of militancy no body was working for such social cause but constant persuasion, motivation and hard work, by providing free eye camps services, public regain faith, Eye Donation movement got momentum. Eye Donation awareness seminars, in school, colleges social & religious gathering, Eye Donation awareness exhibitions at public places during social functions, attending Bhog ceremonies of Eye Donors and providing concept of totally transparency instilled confidence in public for noble cause of eye donation movement and got the good results.
District Administration (Punjab Govt.) honoured for the selfless services for blindness control at Republic Day in 1997, Independence Day in 2001, Republic Day in 2004, and State Award honour was given by Chief Minister, Punjab in 2005 for Eye Donation movement in Punjab at Independence Day.
Presented oral presentation of eight minutes in International Conference held at Prague in Europe in 1996, paper was well appreciated by all International Eye Banking bodies. This was first time in Punjab that a doctor of Punjab from rural area presented paper in International conference on eye banking. This also boosted morale that if work of a doctor working in rural area can be accepted in International conference then we can achieve lot more in humanitarian service.
Distribution of large number of pamphlets about eye donations, display of eye donation hoardings at cremations grounds, motivational lectures at social gatherings, songs, dramas, skits and street plays were organized among public to promote the Eye Donation cause.
Presentation of cornea recipients at Antim Ardas Bhog ceremonies of eye donors to depict that free corneal transplant for noble cause, helped further among masses.
Beneficiaries of cornea transplants are from rural areas of whole of Punjab, Himachal Pardesh, J & K., Haryana, Rajasthan, U.P., Bihar, Assam, Utranchal, Delhi, Nepal and even NRI`s from U.S.A., U.K., Canada etc.
In India there are about 30 million corneal blinds persons out of this, 10 million are children and youths, they can contribute to nation building if they can see again through the eyes donated by someone after death. At that time Punjab’s contribution in cornea procurement was neglible now improved to about 2%. Government’s encouragement can put great inputs in movement.
Special Health Education Drive:
Apart from promotional activities of eye donation, health education journal started in 2008 under name “PUNARJOT” with motive to promote movement of eye donation, sense of selfless service towards humanity, topic of general health education, eye care, and social literature especially for Indian families in Punjabi & English on Quarterly basis. Total project is being looked after as Chief Editor. It has got good response from public. It is being circulated through out the world for Indian population highlighting the need for control of blindness.
Community diabetic Retinopathy screening programme (“SANJH” PROJECT) :
Under Punarjot Health Education Drive a special general public screening programme for diabetic retinopathy started under the name “SANJH” with active participation of public in 2008. Under “Sanjh” project special free eye check up camps are organized in villages and slum areas. Literatures regarding diabetes are distributed in the locality to sensitise the public.
Health education exhibition regarding diabetes retinopathy displayed at camp site, power presentation wherever possible, group discussions and counseling conducted before starting of eye check up camp. Team consists of ophthalmologist, optometrist, paramedical staff, counselors & driver from ‘Dr. Ramesh`s Superspeciality Eye & Laser Centre’. All diabetic patients are dilated and screened for diabetic retinopathy, patients having signs of diabetic retinopathy referred to base hospital for further evaluation.
Free fundus photograph and Counseling for all referred patient’s are done If needed free retina consultation by visiting vitreo retinal consultant is taken, very poor patients, & laser treatment are free, very low rate charges from general public who came in “Sanjh” project.
Till date 210 eye check up camp for diabetic retinopathy screening conducted whole project is partially sponsored by Punarjot Eye Bank Society (Regd.) and partially by base hospital.
Free medicines to camp patients, free IOL surgeries (Phaco/SICS) to cataract patients screened in eye check up camps done at base hospital.
A target have been fixed to cover whole district Ludhiana (more than 900 villages) under this project in three years.
Concept of Free Eye Hospital& multispeciality Hospital in rural area:
First time in Distt. Ludhiana a totally free eye hospital with multispeciality started in 2003 at village Sehzad, Pakhowal Road, where no consultation, registration charges taken from patients. Free IOL surgeries (Phaco/SICS) to cataract patients with help of NGO, Punarjot Eye Bank Society. This hospital catering the rural population on regular basis.
Another branch at Kapurthala (another distt. in Punjab) under name of “Advance Ludhiana Eye Hospital” also started in 2007. It is also providing community services as providing in Ludhiana, either totally free, charitable basis under national Programme of Control of Blindness.
First & only Eye bank in Punjab state in NGO sector:
As pioneer, work, hard work and concept of providing totally free corneal transplantation to all patients. Punjab Govt. registered only one eye bank under human organ transplantation act 1994 in NGO sector in 2008 May, rest three are in Govt. Medical Colleges & after through inspection and investigation. Eye bank run by Punarjot Eye Bank Society directed by Dr. Ramesh more then 2900 free corneal transplantation are conducted free of cost. Last few years.
Recently advanced keratoplasty techniques, DLAK, endothelial keratoplasty have been introduced for better results. The results and number of keratoplasty till date is out standing in Punjab state and in region in providing free corneal transplantation operations.
In addition to free operations, free food to patients and attendant provided by Punarjot Eye Bank Society, Patients have to bear only serological test and post operative medicines about Rs. 2000/- very poor patient are exempted from these charges also.
Eye Bank service is of Punarjot Eye Bank Society, is of International standard having speculor eye bank of USA, having very good net working throughout Punjab state, at almost every District level, Tehsil level, small town, where NGO`s are trained in eye donation, motivation, procurement by their doctors and send eye ball to eye bank. Even referred corneal blind patients to base hospital for free surgeries, total transparency and free corneal transplantation, right attitude, attention to serve the cause with humbleness, devotion and missionary approach created very good response in eye donation movement.
Till date no financial assistance from govt under programme of control of blindness for corneal & cataract surgeries taken contribution linked funds from Punarjot Eye Bank Society (Regd.) Public co-operation and free services from Dr. Ramesh Superspeciality Eye & Laser Centre, played good role in their project to promote eye donation movement to present level.
Contribution in National programe of control of Blindness:
More than free 20,000 cataract surgeries conducted in last 16 years various camps routine. Hospital is well equipped with all latest equipment in providing state of all facilities to all needy patients with good care & follows up.
No financial assistance for cataract surgeries (IOL Phaco / SICS) taken from state govt. under NPCB programme.
Apart from national programme of control of blindness to create constant interest in Eye Donation movement & blindness control programme to treat the monotony of public for eye donation various social project are under taken along with like deaddiction, family welfare operation camps, Women Rural Development programme, AIDS awareness child development programme, Tree plantation, population control, water preservation, various health mela are organised in addition to seminars.