Project Vision, a movement of the Claretians of Bangalore Province, inaugurated three Eye Collection Centres in the Wayanad district of Kerala, in collaboration with three Catholic Hospitals in the district. The Catholic Church has been promoting the eye donation movement through Project Vision, based in Bengaluru.
Shri Alphonse Kannanthanam, Union Minister for Tourism, speaking at the inauguration of the first Eye Collection Centre in Wayanad in a function at the Fathima Hospital, Kalapatta, called for a new law that can make the collection of eyes a responsibility of all the citizens. The three eye centres for Wayanad are located at Fathima Mission Hospital, Kalpatta, Good Shepherd Hospital, Vythiri and St Martin’s Hospital, Ampalavayal.
Mr Shasheedran MLA, offered his assistance to have a vehicle for eye collection for the district from his MLA fund in his message at the programme. District Panchayat President Smt. K B Naseema, who participated in the programme offered all her support to the movement. Presiding over the function, Fr. George Kannanthanam, founder of Project Vision said that Wayanad District for the first time, is getting an opportunity to donate eyes through the three eye collection centres. A phone number has been created for anyone to access this facility - 6235002244.
Eyes have to be collected within six hours of death. They can be collected from hospital or from the houses. There are no limitations for eye donations. People of all ages, those using spectacles, and those with diseases can also donate their eyes. The consent of the surviving family is the only requirement. This is a free donation that involves no money. Only corneas will be collected from the eyes and not the whole eye. Thus there won’t be any disfigurement for the person after eye donation. This is a small operation that will take only about 15 minutes. Eyes can also be collected from mortuary.
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