Dr.K. Bhujang Shettyconferred with SevaRathna award in memory of Helen Keller

Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty, Chairman and Managing Director of Narayana Nethralaya being conferred with the Seva Rathna award in memory of Helen Keller by eminent drama writer Dr. K. Marulasiddappa (third from left) as part of the state level cultural programme of Kadamba Cultural Association for the Disabled. Also seen are senior journalist and writer Ms. Nagamani S Rao (right), Mr. Lakshminarayana Nagawara, President of Karnataka Andhara Vimochana Vedike (first from left) and Mr. Kadamba Srinivas, State President, Kadamba Cultural Association for the Disabled (Second from left).

Bengaluru: Recognizing his significant contribution to the field of ophthalmology and eye donation movement, Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty was conferred with the SevaRathna award in memory of Helen Keller by eminent drama writer Dr. K. Marulasiddappa. The award was presented byKadamba Cultural Association for the Disabledas part of their state level cultural programme. 

Expressing delight on being awarded, Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty, Chairman and Managing Director, Narayana Nethralaya, said, “Helen Keller was a visually- and speech- impaired person and a devoted social activist for people with disabilities. She overcame her disabilities and became a world renowned and highly respected politician, speaker and author. There are two types of blindness - curable and incurable. We as doctors cannot do much for incurable blindness. But if there is even a single person with curable blindness, it will be our fault. Our vision is to work towards eradicating curable blindness as Helen Keller once said, "If there is anything worse than blindness it is to have sight and no vision". I thankKadamba Cultural Association for the Disabled for honouring me with an award in memory of this wonderful person. I will do my best to empower people who are visually challenged. This is an award not personally conferred to me but to Narayana Nethralaya for the all the great work they have done in the last 35 years.” 

“In the last two years alone, Narayana Nethralaya has discounted over INR 9.35 crores in subsidy and free surgical care for the poor throughout the state. Our KIDROP program, a successful Public Private Partnership with the National Health Mission (NHM), Government of India, is the country’s first and world's largest telemedicine program to prevent and treat blindness in infants caused by Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP) in the rural outreach. In less than a decade, it has screened over 1,00,000 infants and prevented blindness in over 1,900 preterm babies, saving INR 450 crores in blind-person-years. Narayana Nethralaya also has the State's largest eye bank with over 65,000 eye pledges.Over 10,000 eyes have been collected and 10,000 tissues donated. In the last 5 years over 750 camps have been conducted across the state, close to 1.75 lakhs people screened and over 8,000 free surgeries have been performed.In the same time period over 250 camps have been conducted in schools, over 65,000 students screened and close to 8,000 students have been referred for further treatment.”added Dr. Bhujang Shetty.

Noted Classical music vocalist Dr. Shyamala G Bhave was also awarded with the Sangeetha Rathna award in memory of Pt. Puttaraj Gawaiduring the occasion.

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