Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre
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Future Plans

Service Expansion

In keeping with its vision of transforming the quality of eye care delivery in North India, IGEHRC’s plans for the future are focussed on developing world-class eye care facilities in several locations – close to populations that require urgent attention – across North India.

Within the next couple of years, three hub hospitals are planned to be set up. The first, a state-of-the-art facility, will be set up in Sohna, Gurgaon, on 5.5 acres of land. This 300-bed hospital will offer comprehensive world class care to patients, including all eye specialties and super-specialties. It will incorporate a separate building for patients from the community outreach programme, a training centre for paramedical ophthalmic assistants (OAs), a training centre for the ophthalmologists and optometrists, a research centre as well as living quarters for doctors and other staff.  Two secondary eye care centres will be set up at UP by 2013.

In addition, four vision centres will begin operations in the Raebareli, Lalganj, Barabanki, Shravasti-Gonda districts of UP within the year 2011. They will work towards deepening the reach within the community, and ensure that the unserved poor in remote areas are served in an affordable and sustainable manner. These will operate in catchment areas of 10 kilometre radius each, and refer patients to the tertiary hospital thus including deprived poor within the ambit of quality eye care. They will offer general eye check-up and OPD facilities and serve more than five million people each, while creating awareness regarding eye care issues. Additional benefits that the Vision Centres will provide to the local community are training for community health workers; awareness generation through health promotion; and integration with local resources to deliver quality eye care.

IGEHRC plans to perform 1,00,000 quality surgeries annually by the year 2013 with its existing and expanded facilities.

Eye Bank and Eye Collection Centre

Unfortunately, North India lacks a culture of eye donation prevalent in other parts of the country. As a result, thousands of people suffering from corneal blindness are prevented from leading a productive and fulfilling life. To redress this situation and to spread awareness on the issue of eye donation, IGEHRC is planning to set up an Indira Gandhi Eye Bank at Lucknow and Indira Gandhi Eye Collection Centre at Amethi by 2010. This facility will provide a round-the-clock public response system over the phone or in person and conduct public awareness programmes on eye donation; coordinate with donor families and hospitals to motivate eye donation; harvest corneal tissue; process and evaluate the collected tissue; distribute the tissue in an equitable manner; and ensure safe transportation and storage of the tissue.