PESHAWAR: Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) ophthalmology department and All Pakistan Physicians of North America (APPNA) have brought light into the world of 60 needy patients in the province.
Speaking to the Express Tribune over the telephone, LRH spokesperson Muhammad Asim said that APPNA donated corneas to 60 deserving patients, who have been successfully operated this year. The donations would not have been possible without the APPNA, Prof Dr Mehfooz and LRH Director Dr Khalid Masud’s efforts, he added.
Mehfooz, who is also the in-charge of the ophthalmology department in LRH, and his fellow Dr Junaid Sethi said in joint press statement that the operations were successful and that they are quite happy with the results.
Mehfooz further said that this is a cause of humanity and the patients in need of a corneal transplant, across the province, were chosen with the support of LRH administration, Ministry of Health and the Zakat department.
“There are a number of patients waiting for this opportunity and most of them are those who can’t afford to do this in a private setup. We have properly checked and examined the background of the patients, and the neediest ones are selected for operation first,” Mehfooz said.
On the occasion, the LRH Director Dr Masud said, “We are in close contact with APPNA to have more donations in near future, so we can facilitate more patients from the province.”
He also added, “Eye diseases are common across the country now, and a number of people in every age group are suffering from different eye diseases. We are doing free corneal transplants in LRH and I’m quite happy that we are doing it on a regular basis.”
LRH ophthalmology department along with APPNA have been providing services under the chairmanship of Dr Mehfooz for years and have successfully operated hundreds of needy patients.