THE MEDICAL eye surgery van donated by the Penny Trust (UK) to the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalya (DAVV) in July 2001 will hit the road once again after lying unused for several years.
DAVV Vice Chancellor (V-C) Dr Rajkamal today said that all formalities in this regard have been completed and only the official sanction of the executive committee (EC) is awaited, which hopefully shall be granted in the next meeting scheduled on October 11.
EC member and Head of Department (HoD) Prosthodentics Government Dental College Dr Deshraj Jain who is also head of the committee formed to re-operate the van said that the basics of how to run the van have been worked out and the final touches would be given once the EC gives its green signal.
The three-member committee headed by him and having Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM) Dean and Director Medical Education (DME) Dr VK Saini and HoD Ophthalmology Dr Pushpa Verma have formulated a plan, which has received initial approval from all quarters.
The committee had given three suggestions of either the university operating the van on its own or lending it to either the medical college or State health department, of which the first suggestion has gained initial consent.
The committee has mooted formation of a Community Health Service Cell of the University for undertaking this project. The cell would not only receive grants from the university but also donations from Non Government Organisations (NGO) and other charitable organisations thus providing for funds.
It has been decided to hold 24 camps of four-day duration annually. This gives two camps per month in which the first day would be for registration and checkup the second and third day for surgeries and fourth and last day for palliative care.
Voluntary services of doctors have been asked and all those wishing to apply (even from outside India) are free to contact the university. The university itself would be writing to about 50 doctors who would be given a timetable on which they select the dates of their choice.
The doctors would be required only on the second and third day of the camp (always Saturday and Sunday) while paramedical staff employed in the cell would look after on the first and fourth day with the help of the local health authorities at the venue of the camp (preferably a district hospital or block hospital).
The paramedic staff consisting of two OT technicians, two sisters and two class-IV employees would be paid remuneration of Rs 200 to Rs 250/day during the camp.
A proposal to form an advisory committee constituting top ophthalmologists and distinguished persons having a taste for social service for providing guidance towards functioning of the van has been made. The orbit of the van would comprise the entire State and individuals/organisations wishing to hold a camp would be openly invited through advertisements.
The van donated by Dr R Veronica through the trust was given, as during her visits to India for conducting faco and lens implantation, she felt the need to provide state of art on road medical services in rural and inaccessible areas. The eye surgery unit fitted on a fully air conditioned automated Mercedes van has two operation theatres, a faco microscope, orating trolleys and other equipment worth about Rs two crore.
The van was donated during the term of then V-C Dr Bahart Chhaprwal but came into controversy and was for a period operated by the medical college and even a private medical institute thereafter lying unused. The van could not be run by later V-Cs including Dr Al Sharma and CS Chaddha until current acting V-C Dr Rajkamal made a bid to do so.