From a Correspondent
DHEKIAJULI, March 30: An awareness camp on eye dotion was organized by the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Borsola in association with the Amity Social and Educatiol Foundation, Singri on Thursday at the Pole Star Academy, Singri. Under the president ship of the retired teacher and social worker Dal Bahadur Sutar, a general meeting was held at the Pole Star Academy school campus. Participating as a chief guest, eye specialist Dr Kaklata Pathak said that there were tentative 4.9 million people suffering from corneal blindness. Majority of the 4.9 million are young adults. Eyes are removed only after death. A person wishing to dote eyes should make close family members aware of their intentions. After the death of the person, it is the family who can inform the nearest eye bank to fulfill the wishes of the deceased or authorize the removal of the eyes if somebody from an eye bank approaches the family. The purpose of the awareness camp was explained by the Borsola, ICDS project officer Rupa Borah. She said that ICDS Borsola Branch was working in this field for the last few years with the help of the Social Welfare Department. Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle Officer Sabbyasachi Kashyap said that eye dotion was a worldwide campaign at this stage. Tezpur Zila Mahila Samity adviser Hemoprabha Sharma, in her speech, said that eye banks were covered under the ‘Transplantation of Human Organ Act’ since 1994. It is a crimil offence to buy or sell organs. The awareness camp was attended by students, ICDS project implementing workers, Manjulata Devi, Pabitra Sharma, Kamala Devi, Mousumi Acharjya, Sabita Sarkar and others.