BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 16, 2022
Three new facilities — NTPC Operating Room Complex, courtesy NTPC Ltd; and Digital Library and Special Needs Vision Clinic for persons and children with vision loss and special needs, courtesy Columbus Global Services India Pvt Ltd. — were inaugurated at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus here today on the occasion of the Institute’s Foundation Day.
Committed to the development of Odisha and complying with the thematic area of Health as mandated by the Govt of India, NTPC has supported the construction of the state-of-the-art “NTPC Operating Complex” at LVPEI’s Bhubaneswar campus. The complex is equipped with eight modular operation rooms catering to all ophthalmology specializations. The newly inaugurated surgical facility will help scale up the surgical services offered at the campus and treat more patients from vision-threatening eye diseases.
The Digital Library for Persons with Special Needs supported by Columbus Global Services India Pvt Ltd will assist visually impaired students in accessing the reading materials in the form of audio books – in English, Odia and Hindi languages. The books recorded will include academic textbooks from high school to post-graduation level. Besides, other books such as law, preparatory books for competitive examination – the entrance test for banking, general knowledge, children stories, degree course materials of all universities, communication, psychology, auto-biography, religion, etc. are available for the people.
The Special Needs Vision Clinic for Children with Special Needs will provide comprehensive eye care to children with special needs by assessing their visual needs with special assessment tools, providing appropriate prescriptions for spectacles, low vision devices and therapies to maximize their functional ability. A multidisciplinary team comprising an optometrist, rehabilitation specialist, vision therapist, physiotherapist, speech therapist, special educator, and other trained staff, will be part of the clinical assessment and management. The service will also provide instructional training videos to parents, school teachers, and special educators. Through this service, LVPEI aims to meet the literacy needs of students with vision impairment in Odisha. Eventually, the benefits will extend to neighbouring states as well. With this beginning, Columbus and LVPEI are looking forward to a long-term commitment to accomplish collaborative projects for the welfare of society in eye care and rehabilitation.
“We extend our sincere thanks to NTPC and Columbus Foundation for their support. We are currently expanding and scaling up our services to cater to the eye care needs of the larger population. The support provided by NTPC and Columbus Global will go a long way in impacting the lives of many more patients, not only in Odisha but also in the neighboring states,” said Dr. Srikant Kumar Sahu, Head – LVPEI Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus, Bhubaneswar.