Eye donation a hit in Indore but flop elsewhere across MP

  • Nida Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 17:10 IST

Not only a hub for industries, Indore is also the city with maximum number of eye donations in the state, contributing 50% of total demand for eyes in the state. The reasons for this could be manifold ranging from latest technology to better medicare facilities, feel the health officials.

"On a yearly basis we get around 500-510 eye donation in the city. We use it for two people as out of a single eye, two cornea transplants can be carried out," said Dr Sanjay Dixit, member of the Indore Organ Donation society.

According to Indore Organ Donation website from January 2012 around 1578 cornea transplants have been carried out in the city. The health officials state that the figures in other districts of the state are very poor as Indore alone contributes to half of the eye donations carried out in the state.

Indore has always been known for its eye facilities, said one of the senior opthalmologist. All of this attracts a number of people from different cities. Also eye banks and best of technologies are some of the reason why Indore fairs high on the list.

But as Indore sets the bar high, the report also throws light on the inadequacy of the state to achieve its target every consecutive year. Out of a target of 3200 for every year, the state has been able to reach barely the half of it in every attempt made with each passing year.

However, if Indore gets praised for all the right reasons the statewide figures by National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) reflect a sorry state of affairs for Madhya Pradesh.

The report for 2013-14 states that around 1100 eyes were donated in the state, while the target was set at 3200. A similar trend was seen in 2012-13 report wherein the state wide donation was of 1479. The contribution of Indore in both these figures was of 516 and 500 respectively.

"There is a huge demand for eyes. We unfortunately don't have enough eye donations. If an analysis is done we will find that a 1/10 wide demand gap is present. We should carry out more programmes and strengthen the system," said Dr Dixit.

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