Christian Hospital Taxila - eye department and optical workshop
- Prevention of blindness programme
- Diabetic retinopathy uni
- Optical workshop
- Training centre of optical technicians
General Christian Hospital with large eye department. Quantity and quality of services offered is very good. In August 2002 the hospital area was object of a terrorist attack which caused the death of 4 nurses, about 20 people were injured. Damages were caused mainly to the church and not to the hospital building.
The hospital managed to keep on with the work, improving quality through utilisation of new equipment, like A-B scan. Despite difficulties due to the remoteness of its location the project has good outputs. In 2007 a new operating theatre and in 2009 a new diabetic retinopathy unit was added. Laser operations to reduce avoidable blindness due to diabetic retinopathy are a much needed in the area and will be an immense improvement. Since 2010 the hospital also offers ‘phacoemulsion surgery’ for cataract patients.
The optical workshop is indispensable, considering the high number of eye patients passing through Taxila. Optical technicians are trained for different eye hospitals in Pakistan. The service provided is very relevant, but the equipment needs an update as the production process is not up to modern standards. Recommendation of a planning meeting in June 2009 was to conduct a feasibility study for upgradation of the workshop. A new multiyear plan 2010-2012 has been developed.
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