Establishment of Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital
Under leadership of Secretary General Dr. Ram Prasad Pokhrel and Chairmanship of General Ravi Shamsher Ja. Ba. Ra; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) was established in late 1978 for hassle free and facilitative eye treatment of patients. Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh appealed to different international unions and organizations to support them to eliminate blindness in Nepal. Christoffel Blinden Mission, CBM started collaboration with Social Welfare Council and Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh after an agreement in December 1982. Dr Albrecht Hennig from CBM started 12 bedded Eye Care Center from Ram Kumar Sarda Uma Prasad Murarka’s Public District Hospital at Lahan in 1983.
As the number of eye patients were increasing day by day, Dr. Hennig realized need of having a separate building for eye hospital. For this, he began contacting and appealing through Principal of Pashupati High School Mr. Kameshwor Chaudhary to various social workers of Lahan. As the appeal was for humanitarian cause, Chaudhary family at Lahan showed interest and assigned responsibility to Mr. Padma N. Choudhary for discussion and finalization of land donation. Finally, a bilateral agreement was signed by NNJS General Secretary, Dr. Ram Prasad Pokhrel and Mr. P. N. Choudhary on behalf of donor Chaudhary family. As per the agreement, Social workers of Lahan Shree Chhabi Lal Chaudhary, Shree Sarowar Lal Chaudhary and Shree Rabindra Lal Chaudhary have donated land in Lahan and Hardiya for the noble cause.
CBM extended their financial support by constructing 50 bedded Eye Hospital at this donated land. The dedication and unselfishness as motivated with social service, Dr Hennig and his team served to the neediest populations through Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital. The growing trust in services and increase demand in eye care helped establish 450 bed hospital with highly sound technologies in short span of time. This newly constructed building was inaugurated by current King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah in 1986.
Establishment of Biratnagar Eye Hospital
In order to balance workload of Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital and to increase the scope of long term human resource sustainability, Biratnagar Eye Hospital was established on 13th September 2006 under the leadership of Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh in a rented building as a branch of SCEH, Lahan. The hospital starting from 80 beds expanded to become 300 beds by 2009 to meet the demand of increasing number of patients. The management of Hospital and supporting organization’s far-sighted vision, skilled doctors, enthusiastic manpower and high-tech technology has contributed to its immense success in short duration of time.
With the help of Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital and supporting organizations like CBM, European Union, Standard Chartered bank and own internal source 500 bedded high-tech building was constructed in Biratnagar. This new building was inaugurated on 15th November 2011 by the first president of democratic republic of Nepal, Hon. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav.