Health Desk: 10 March 2018: People living in the hard to reach areas of Bay of Bengal got a bright chance to get rid of blindness as floating hospital operated by Frindship made operation available there.
Styled ‘Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital’, the floating hospital was used as a warship during the World War II.
The UK-based Standard Chattered cooperated with Friendship to bring sight to the blind and people with low vision in the remote coastal areas of Bangladesh.
A total of 400 people, both men and women, underwent eye-cataract surgeries under the flagship programme, styled ‘Seeing is Believing’.
Besides, the floating hospital offers basic medical services, including surgery, at five costal points - Kuakata (Patuakhali), Mongla and Chalna (Khulna), Hatiya (Noakhali) and Kutubdia (Cox’s Bazar) - in the Bay of Bengal.
A total of 400 cataract surgeries are going to be operated on Friendship’s floating hospital. After starting operation in 2013, Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital has provided healthcare to more than 1,65,000 marginalised people.
Courtesy: The Daily Sun