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Kalam inaugurates OCL Eye Centre in Odisha’s Cement Town


Reported by Malay Ray
Rajgangpur, Feb 27:

OCL Eye Centre, set-up by Odisha Cements Limited (OCL) in association with the Hyderabad-based LV Prasad Eye Institute, was inaugurated by former President and eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Rajgangpur in Sundargarh district today.

Abdul Kalam (2)“It is quite fulfilling to witness the launch of an eye care centre that aims at reaching out to people at the grassroots level. OCL India Ltd. and L V Prasad Eye Institute have come together to make Sundargarh blind free by 2020. It is overwhelming and heartening to be a part of this noble agenda,” Kalam said in his address.

The centre offers comprehensive eye examination consisting of a thorough evaluation of vision and ocular health. This includes refraction (an evaluation of the patient’s need for glasses or contact lenses), complete dilated eye examination and screening for common conditions such as dry eye, cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration and retinal diseases associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.

The Centre will actively pursue Research and Development aiming at comprehensive exploration of several aspects of blindness and vision impairment in India and blindness prevention with a vision to make Sundargarh blind-free by 2020, said Kanupriya Dalmia, assistant vice president, OCL India Ltd.

Dr Taraprasad Das, vice chairman, LV Prasad Eye Institute, said the centre will bring quality eye care to the doorsteps of the people of this region.

“This is a wonderful legacy of OCL India Ltd for generations to benefit,” he added.

Among others, Rajgangpur MLA Mangala Kisan, MH Dalmia, president and CEO, OCL India Ltd and Wholetime director DD Atal were present on the occasion.

Earlier in the day, Kalam addressed the Rourkela Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  He also visited Dalmia Institute of Scientific Research (DISR) and interacted with the scientists.

“I am thoroughly thrilled to be here yet again. My association with DISIR dates back to the 80’s. I foresee immense potential in India’s scientific and technological sector and have great expectations from the research works currently commissioned here,” Kalam said while praising the research work being undertaken by the DISR scientists. He urged them to envisage a new India through innovation, determination and perseverance.

The former president, after inaugurating the Eye Centre, visited Dalmia Vidya Mandir and interacted with the students.