Residents Social Responsibility Programme
Aravind-Madurai, 8th August
The postgraduate students from Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, offered educational kits, including uniforms, and school bags, to the students of Govt. Girls High School, Mahaboopalayam. This initiative was carried out through the RSR Programme, with the aim of extending service beyond eye care. The event was led by Dr. Venkatesh Prajna, Director, Academics.
Installation of an Additional 200 kW Solar Panel System
Aravind-Pondicherry, 5th August
Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, inaugurated a new array of solar panels at Aravind-Pondicherry. The hospital’s existing 340 kW solar setup was enhanced with an additional 200kW system. This sustainable initiative benefits the environment and generates 828,280 units of electricity, covering 50% of total consumption.
Inauguration of Operation Theatre
Aravind – Tirunelveli, 3rd August
On the auspicious occasion of Aadi Perukku, the inauguration of the operation theatre in the new building took place at Aravind – Tirunelveli. Subsequently, surgeries were performed later on the day. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor, inaugurated the operation theatre complex in the presence of Dr. R. Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer, MLOPs, and administrative staff.
Aravind – Tirunelveli, 2nd August
A cultural evening marked the celebration of Aadi Kondattam, organised for the new MLOP recruits. The event began with a welcome address by Gayathri, MRD Trainee. The event was graced by special guests, including Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Saradha, Volunteer, Dr. Meenakshi, Dr. Padmavathy, Medical Consultant and Dr. Fathima, Medical Consultant. They were presented with heartfelt gifts prepared by Kalaivani, Facility Coordinator Trainee.
During the event, Dr. R. Meenakshi, Dr. Padmavathy, and V. Arumugam, Nursing Superintendent, delivered inspiring speeches encouraging the enthusiastic participation of the MLOPs. The newly joined trainees showcased their talents through a variety of cultural performance, including folk dances, singing film songs, and two informative talks about the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. Kamarajar. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Tanya, Counselling Trainee.
CME on NeuroInsight
Aravind-Tirupati, 22-23 July
A CME programme on “NeuroInsight” was organised by Aravind-Tirupati, focusing on the latest developments in Neuro-Ophthalmology in 2023. The guest faculty members Dr. Prem Subramanian, Professor, Division Head, Neuro-Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, Dr. Umapathi N Thirugnanam, Senior Consultant, Singapore National Eye Centre and National Neuroscience Institute and a team of doctors from various Aravind Eye hospitals, led by Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Chief, Neuro-Ophthalmology Services, Aravind-Madurai and Dr. Preeti Mohanty, Chief, IOL Services, shared their expertise. The event brought together a diverse group of experts, including neurologists, radiologists and neurosurgeons.
The keynote address was delivered by the chief guest, Dr. Alladi Mohan, Dean, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati. Dr. G. Natchiar, Director-Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System, delivered an inspiring speech highlighting the vital role of Ophthalmologists in diagnosing and managing neurological disorders.
The session comprised a comprehensive overview of basic neuro-ophthalmic examination techniques and advanced investigative modalities.
In addition to the main CME, a workshop was conducted, featuring various specialised topics, including – Hess & Diplopia charting, Visual fields in Neuro-Ophthalmology, OCT & FFA and Neurological evaluation. Further, Low Vision Aids were displayed by Dr. Divya and the MLOPs during the workshop. A total of 214 delegates from various regions of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu participated in the event.
New Equipment Inauguration
Aravind-Tirunelveli, 24th July
The inauguration of new equipment occurred at Aravind-Tirunelveli. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, and Dr. Meenakshi inaugurated the new equipment in the retina unit in the presence of Dr. Syed Mohideen Abdul Kadar, HOD – Retina, Dr. Ram Sudarshan, Medical Consultant, and a few MLOPs and Admin staff. The new equipment, which includes the “CLARUS 700 – FFA Machine & Fundus Photo” and “PASCAL Laser” machines, was dedicated for use.
A Virtual Refractive Cataract Surgery Workshop
Aravind – Chennai 20-21 July
The workshop organised by Aravind-Chennai, aimed to provide valuable insights into the science, preoperative evaluation, surgical factors, and postoperative evaluation of toric, multifocal, and extended depth of focus IOLs. Around 50 medical officers from Tertiary and Secondary Aravind Eye Hospitals participated in the workshop.
TNOA ARC – CME on Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Aravind-Tirunelveli, 16th July
Aravind-Tirunelveli organised the CME programme in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association (TNOA). Dr. Meenakshi R welcomed the participants, and Dr. R. Ramkrishnan, President – TNOA and Advisor, Aravind -Tirunelveli, delivered the Presidential address. Dr. Atheek Shaik, Chairman, ARC gave an overview of the CME. TNOA office bearers Dr. Mohan Rajan, the previous president, Dr. Nirmal Fredrick, President-elect., Dr. Sriram Gopal, Secretary, Dr. Ravishankar, Joint Secretary participated as guest faculty.
Dr. Ramalakshmi, HOD, Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital (TVMCH), Dr. Anandhi, Associate Professor, TVMCH, Dr. Praveen Kumar, Dr. Anil Kumar Eye Hospital, Dr. Kasinathan, Director, Klarity Eye Hospital, Dr. Rajendran, Padma Hospital, Dr. Vigneswar R, Aravind-Dindigul were the invited external speakers. Dr. Syed Mohideen Abdul Kader, Dr. Aarthy, Dr. Anitha Venugopal, Dr. Maneksha, and Dr. Padmavathy were the internal speakers and moderators of the session. Senior ophthalmologist, Dr. John Abraham, Dr. Chokkanathan, Dr. P.T. Balasingh, and Dr. Rajendran were felicitated by TNOA president during the event.