23 Sri Lankan cataract eye patients who under went surgeries in Dubai aimed at restoring their eye sight have returned home happily. They are the first batch selected by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society under the first phase of a programme launched by His Holiness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society was able to send 27 patients from the selected group to Dubai for surgery at a Dubai hospital. Dr N.Ravichandran of SLRCS who accompanied the patients said that out of 27, 23 under went surgeries and 2 patients will be given spectacles since it is found that their sight could be corrected with spectacles. The other two patients returned without surgery as their sight can not be restored by operations.
The beneficiaries were very happy that after a long time they are now able to see the world properly after cataract operations. They expressed their gratitude to both founders of Noor Dubai therapeutic programme and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society for giving this invaluable and unforgettable opportunity for the rest of their life.
Their expenses including air travel, food and lodging accommodation and hospital expenses were met by the host, the Noor Dubai's Therapeutic Programme.
Noor Dubai is an international charitable drive, offering a holistic and pragmatic approach to combating illnesses that cause preventable blindness. The programme comes as a part of the UAE's commitment to the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
As a part of its ambitious objective of delivering preventive eye care to over one million people worldwide, Noor Dubai features therapeutic, preventive and education programmes. Noor Dubai has reached out to people from 11 countries including Sri Lanka.