Rotary Club of Udhampur, District 3070, set up a retina care centre in the KLSM Rotary Eye and ENT Hospital in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, last year. The facility was inaugurated by RIPN-designate Sushil Gupta in the presence of the then DG Parvinder Jit Singh, Hospital Chairman D N Sharma, Club President Puran Lal Sharma and the district officials. DGE Sunil Nagpal, DGN Davinder Singh and other past governors of the district were also present.
The centre, costing $68,000, was funded through a global grant from TRF, D 6650, USA and D 2770, Japan. Districts 3070 and 3131 also contributed for the cause from their DDF, besides generous contributions from Rotary Clubs of Udhampur and Rajouri.
This is the second such centre in the State after a similar one in Srinagar. Earlier people had to travel 500 km to Amritsar for retina care. Hospital Chairman Sharma, also a Rotarian, had assured that treatment will be extended free of cost for the poor and at a subsidised fee for those who can afford it.
The centre will help treat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and surgical diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous, he said.