Ministry of Health receives eye lenses from HelpAge

Dr Asela Gunawardana receives eye lenses from HelpAge Executive Director, Samantha Liyanawaduge, Dr Champa Banagala, Consultant Eye Surgeon, National Vision 2020 Program Coordinator, Dr MDS Gunathillake, Consultant Eye Surgeon, Cataract Focal Point, Program Vision 2020 and HelpAge, responsible for the Chaminda de Silva program were present.

Last week, the Ministry of Health received Intra Ocular Collapsible Eye Lenses worth Rs. 5 million from HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL) to be distributed among government hospitals.

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Dr Asela Gunawardana, accepted the eye lenses on behalf of the Ministry of Health from the Executive Director of HelpAge Sri Lanka, Samantha Liyanawaduge. The lenses were donated following a request from the Ministry’s National Vision 2020 Program Coordinator, Eye Surgeon, Dr. Champa Banagala.

Executive Director Liyanawaduge said a recent survey revealed that many Sri Lankan elders who need cataract surgery cannot get the surgery due to the high cost of surgeries in private hospitals and the non-availability of contact lenses in public hospitals. This prompted HelpAge to provide these lenses to needy patients through government hospitals nationwide to get their cataract surgeries.

Additionally, HelpAge performs 20 free cataract surgeries almost every day at HelpAge Eye Hospital, Wellawatta, Colombo 6 for people over 55 years of age.

Dr. Gunawardana spoke highly of the importance of donating these eye lenses and said that these lenses will be sent to hospitals in due time to expand the cataract surgery program to the underprivileged elderly.

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