Pharmacist helps more than 10K get their vision back | Trichy News


Trichy: A 66-year-old pharmacy owner in Manapparai town in the district has helped more than 10,000 people from economically weak background undergo cataract surgery for the past 25 years by joining hands with the Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai, a service he has been doing in memory of his mentor Dr V N Lakshminarayanan.
R Chandrasekaran, a pharmacy owner in Manapparai, said that in 1994 he lost his mentor and friend Lakshminarayanan, a medical practitioner known for treating the poor villagers for free. To continue his mentor’s service who used to organise free health camps in rural blocks, Chandrasekaran, under the banner of his mentor Dr VNL trust, has been organising eye screening camps in Manapparai and surrounding villages since 1996.
Having covered around 700 hamlets, the pharmacy owner has helped people to undergo cataract surgery free of cost with the support of Aravind Eye Hospitals. He spends around Rs 25,000 to organise each camp, including food arrangements for doctors and medical staff arriving from Madurai as well as for the villagers. In the last 25 years, he has organised around 60 camps which has benefited 10,000 people in Manapparai. “We publicise the eye screening camps in villages through public announcement in areas where people have limited health awareness. To help such people have better eye vision and continue the service left by my mentor, I am still organising the eye camps,” Chandrasekaran said.
Previously the camps were held only on May 25, commemorating the death anniversary of the doctor, however, owing to overwhelming public reception the trust has decided to make it a monthly drive. “Our hospital will bear the surgery, diagnosis, medicine and food, inpatient stay cost. The trust will help us identify the right set of people and sponsor the cost of screening camps organised in villages,” said S Kumar, camp organiser, Aravind Eye hospitals.



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