Bhojpur Surgical Eye Camp 2009
The surgical eye camp was organised by Biratnagar Eye Hospital at Bhojpur, a hilly district in Koshi zone of Eastern Nepal with the local support of Bhojpur Netra Jyoti Sangh and the Primary eye care centre (PECC), Bhojpur. The PECC has 3 staff (1 Ophthalmic Assistant, 1 CMA & 1 Assistant) and is the only available eye centre providing eye care services in the district. The camp was scheduled from March 28th to 30th 2009 but the team consisting of 1 Doctor, 1 Administrator and 3 other staffs reached one day late. 433 patients (190 males and 243 females) were examined and 75 selected for surgery. 62 cataract and 9 other surgeries were performed in the camp. 4 Children with bilateral cataract were referred to Biratnagar Eye Hospital for surgery.
Here are some of the glimpses of the cataract surgical camp :
Difficult geographical terrain and challenging transportation Though Bhojpur is connected by air but the flights are irregular. Narrow muddy road connection to the other part of Eastern Region of Nepal, makes the journey challenging by jeep or bus. The only available road connection gets blocked in Monsoon due to heavy rain and land slides.