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Ophthalmologists? mega meet begins

A HISTORIC jamboree of over 3500 top ophthalmologists of India began here today at the magnificent Minto Hall where 500 research papers would be read out in the next four days on eye-related ailments , ranging from cutting-edge techniques to cataract and weak vision.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 13:52 IST

A HISTORIC jamboree of over 3500 top ophthalmologists of India began here today at the magnificent Minto Hall where 500 research papers would be read out in the next four days on eye-related ailments , ranging from cutting-edge techniques to cataract and weak vision.

Governor Dr Balram Jakhar, while inaugurating the conference, called upon all ophthalmologists to develop a humanitarian insight towards eyesight. Cheaper and easily accessible techniques should be devised to cure cataract and weak vision, as they are the commonest forms of eye ailments.

Dr Jakhar was speaking at the inaugural function of the 64th All India Ophthalmological Conference `Antar Drishti – 2006’ at the Minto Hall of Old Vidhan Sabha here on Thursday evening. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the function while Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi was the special guest.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated that health services were being improved in the rural areas of the State while specialist doctors were being made available in district hospitals. The support of NGOs would be enlisted for improving the basic infrastructure in the health sector, he added.

Ajay Vishnoi invited national and international private sector health service providers to MP. He ensured all kinds of administrative support from the State Government to such organisations. Vishnoi said that free land would be provided to them besides all possible assistance.

Indian Ophthalmological Society’s newly elected national president Dr R B Jain also addressed the gathering. The Governor gave away several awards on the occasion. Lifetime achievement awards were conferred upon Dr M R Jain of Jaipur and Dr A N Pandya of Patna.

P Shiva Reddy award was given to Dr Rajwardhan Azad, Rakesh Sharma Memorial award to Dr Vasumati Vedantam, B K Narayan Rao award to Dr Anita Pandey, R P Dhanda award to Dr Rasik Behari Vajpayee, Sant Veesan award to Dr Samar Kumar Basak, S D Athavale award to Dr V P Gupta, Shiv Prasad Hardiya award to Dr Parth Vishwas, J S Mahashabde award to Dr Parikshit Gogte, C S Reshmi award to Dr Ranjit Himmatlal Maniyar, E T Selvam award to Dr Pratha Mandal while Colonel Rangachari award was conferred upon Dr Virendra Sangwan.

The Governor also gave away research awards to Dr Pallavi Sugandhi and Dr Anand Vinakar. He released a souvenir on the occasion.

An exhibition of medicines and equipment used in ophthalmology has also been organised at the venue. About 217 stalls have been put up at the exhibition. The Governor and CM took a look at the exhibition. The CM was explained about advanced eye surgery on a plasma screen at a stall of an American multinational pharmaceutical company.

Bangalore’s Alcon Laboratories were awarded President’s trophy for outstanding stall while New Delhi’s Medica International was awarded certificate of merit.

Member of Parliament Kailash Joshi, Commerce and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur, PS Health M M Upadhyay, Vidhan Sabha Secretary A K Payasi, former CS K S Sharma and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Famous santoor maestro Ustad Amzad Ali Khan also staged an enthralling performance on the occasion.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 13:33 IST