President of Canadian Eyesight International Anup Singh Jubbal, is planning to raise $500,000 to set up a state-of-the-art eye treatment facility in Amritsar district of Punjab.
The facility will perform cataract surgeries, conduct eye clinics and host education and training programmes, according to a newspaper report.
Project Eyesight India, under the auspices of Eyesight International and in cooperation with local doctors, has been conducting eye clinics and cataract surgeries in India since 1989.
Rotary clubs in Canada and India, a number of Sikh temples and the Indo-Canadian community support the project. It has restored sight to or performed surgery on close to 43,000 people and treated thousands more for avoidable blindness, the report quoted Jubbal as saying.
Stating that eye surgery costs just $35 and blindness is 80 percent preventable, he noted that in India eye operations were beyond the reach of the average person.
He also urged members of the Indo-Canadian community in Surrey to host and fund eye clinics and surgeries in their home villages in India. This can be done provided they raise the money to fund 100 surgeries, or a total of $3,500.
'They can even go to India and participate in the eye clinics and get their relations to attend,' Jubbal, a member of the Rotary Club Surrey-Guildford, told the newspaper.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service