Speaking on the occasion, the cheif guest, Y Tsering, Chief Secretary, applauded the efforts put in by various organisations across the State to raise awareness on eye donation. “The best thing to give in life is to give what we have,” he said, adding that all sections of the society should be given proper awareness on eye donation.
Fr. Joseph Mappilaparambil cmf, the Head of Project Vision (North East Region), said India faces a severe shortage of corneal donations. “In a year, there is a need for 2, 00,000 corneas, while only 26,000 get donated,” There are more than 15 million visually challenged people across the globe and 20% of them are in India and about 85 lakh people lose their lives every year due to the illness in the country. This was stated by Blind Walk Shillong president Bhanwar Nair Singh Didan on the occasion. Mr. Didan stated that the walk aimed to encourage people to become eye donors in the form of 'vision ambassadors,' who could act as a point of contact when a death occurred. After the Walk, a brief cultural programme was arranged by the Optometrists of Bansara Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (BIOS) on eye donation and all gathered took the pledge to donate their eyes.
Janardhan Munnelli cmf