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- Friday, June 29, 2012 - From Print Edition




A team of eye doctors associated with the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) are again leaving for African countries Cameron and Gambia on Thursday night to perform free eye surgeries on patients.


During a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday, PIMA President Dr Misbah-ul-Aziz said 35 million people were suffering from blindness worldwide, including 1.6 million people in Pakistan. He said one million people in Nigeria and 250,000 in Chad were suffering from the disease, but unfortunately these countries had no eye surgeons.


Dr Aziz was flanked by PIMA Karachi President Dr Salman Ahmed Ghauri, Dr Intezar Husain, Dr Shayan Shadmani and Dr Zeeshan Ansari.


Dr Aziz said Prevention of Blindness Trust, a project of the PIMA, had been working since July 2007 for the prevention of the disease. The project provides healthcare, irrespective of race, religion and creed and has conducted 10,000 surgeries so far. Eye camps were established in Pakistan and abroad under this project.


In Pakistan, as many as 402 free eye camps in more than 40 districts have been established by the trust.