Nagpur: In a significant move aimed at benefitting the blind persons, the State Government has given its recognition to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo) for performing corneal transplants. The Eye Department of Mayo has been approved as Eye Bank and Keratoplasty Centre facilitating corneal transplants in significant numbers. Keratoplasty is a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor.
Currently, corneal transplants are being done at Eye Departments of GMCH and Trust Hospitals that have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with District Blind Control Committee. A large number of blind persons and patients affected by corneal diseases are on waiting list. With the efforts of District Civil Surgeon U B Navade, the Mayo has been approved by the State Government as Eye Bank and Keratoplasty Centre. For registration of eye donation at Mayo, the interested can contact 0712-2728621 and Eye Donation Counsellor Rajendra Nikaju on mobile number 9765382783.
Dr Navade has appealed the people to come forward and donate their eyes so that they can see the world even after their death.