Blindness happens to be one of the leading health problems in the rural parts of most countries. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is one of the countries ranking high in the list. A huge number of people get affected with cataract, a disease that is mostly prevalent among the old-aged people but children and the working groups are not even an exception. The first time Touching Souls International came across this people in Bakhtiarpur was a memorable moment for us. Not because we met so many of them but because their grief stole our heart away. They succeeded in receiving a special place in our hearts. Their inner strength was something we saluted.
We arranged a special camp for these people in July, 2010 with a hope to bring back the colors in the life of these blind people. Getting back their vision was like a dream come true for them. To assist us in our health program, we had a group of efficient doctors from the Bangladesh National Blind Society. Our team had made necessary arrangements for this eye camp and we had managed to gather a huge number of patients. Most of them had earlier complained that they live in remote areas devoid of any eye care services. They were unable to reach any good hospital due to lack of transportation and poverty.
Keeping in mind the priorities of these poverty-stricken people, we decided to arrange for an eye camp in Bakhtiarpur, Kaliganj in Bangladesh. The camp was easily reachable from the houses of the patients. We have also made arrangements for special cars in the health program for those living far away from the eye camp. More than 700 patients were screened for cataract; around 300 got free eye medications and 28 people underwent a cataract surgery with lens implant.
We took another step ahead in eradicating cataract from Bangladesh. The eye camp in Bakhtiarpur was another memorable day in our events diary.