Manipur Health Minister Sapam Ranjan on Wednesday opened the Manipur State Eye Bank.
The Manipur State Eye Bank is the fourth such bank in the northeast.
The Eye Bank was opened at the State Ophthalmic Cell located at Lamphel under the National Programme for Control Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB and VI), National Health Mission and Directorate of Health Services, Manipur.
Speaking during the inaugural session of the Eye Bank opening programme, Health Minister Sapam Ranjan said that increasing numbers of eye donations is vital for the society. An awareness on Eye donation is required to gain benefit of Manipur State Eye Bank, he added.
After Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, Manipur is the fourth state which opened the Eye Bank, the minister informed.
Stating that the eye is an important part of the human body, the minister said, we should acknowledge the role of doctors and hospitals in playing such an important role of the eye and added that the state government appreciates them.
All departments who are in connection with Eye should play an equal role for blindness, he said.
“Eye is an important part and a blind person always requires support from another person”, said the minister, appreciating eye donors.
During the programme, Eye donation cards were distributed to eight Eye donors.
The programme was attended by the director of the directorate of health services, Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang; State Mission Director, NHM Manipur, Somorjit Ningombam; health and family welfare commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Jha.