Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday inaugurated Indian Oil – (LVPEI) Centre for Rural Eye Health (CREH) located at the LVPEI Bhubaneswar campus. The centre is designed to provide solutions to visual impairment in rural Odisha.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Bhubaneswar had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in March 2015 under which the IOCL offered Rs 2 crore to the LVPEI as part of its CSR (corporate social responsibility) contribution for setting up the Indian Oil Centre for Rural Eye Health, according to a statement by LVPEI.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Taraprasad Das, vice chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, said, “Eye care in many parts of India is unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable to the economically underprivileged, despite the fact that 80% of visual impairment is avoidable and curable.”
Dr Das further said, “LVPEI’s pyramid model of eye care demonstrates a comprehensive approach. It not only makes access to eye care services possible for the vulnerable and needy communities but also focuses on creating awareness and developing skilled human resources which is essential to sustainably scale up eye care services.”
According to LVPEI, the institute has translated its pyramidal model of eye care delivery in Odisha with the first secondary centre in Rajgangpur, the second at Rayagada and the third at Berhampur. All these secondary centres aim to serve the 5 lakh population of the service delivery areas without compromising the quality and equity.
The LVPEI network currently includes a Centre of Excellence at Hyderabad, three tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 15 secondary and 134 primary care centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.