Decentralising eye treatment services with opening of new Ophthalmology Department in Souillac
Speaking on the commitment of the staff of the health sector to do their utmost to satisfy the needs and requirements of patients, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Anil Gayan urged ‘patients to be patient’. (Image: medicinenet).
“With the opening of the new Ophthalmology Department at the Souillac hospital, the workload at the Subramania Bharathi Eye Hospital in Moka will decrease by 30 to 35 %.”
This statement was made on January 08, 2015 by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Anil Gayan, at the launching of the new Ophthalmology services at the Souillac Hospital.
The launching of the new Ophthalmology department at Souillac Hospital is deemed by Anil Gayan as a remedial measure, where actually four patients have already undergone eye surgery with success at the new unit.
Furthermore, it is to be noted that the new unit at Souillac will initially provide outpatient services, cataract and minor eye surgeries, and will serve patients living in the southern region.
The Minister recalled that since the Subramania Bharati Eye Hospital was converted into a full-fledged eye hospital in 1972, all eye surgeries have been carried out in that same set-up, despite an increase in demand for eye medical services.
“As per latest figures available, yearly, over 200,000 patients attend the eye hospital in Moka, leading to overcrowding and a long waiting time for surgery,” he said.
The number of patients awaiting cataract surgery stands at about 1,750 while the waiting time is about 11 weeks.
Speaking on the commitment of the staff of the health sector to do their utmost to satisfy the needs and requirements of patients, the Minister urged ‘patients to be patient’.
“In the public sector, we will strive to minimise the waiting time but we will not be able to eliminate it altogether,” he pointed out.