Creating Awareness on Retinoblastoma


Every year in the month of May, Aravind centres observe retinoblastoma awareness week. Due to COVID situation, many centres could not organise it this time. At Aravind-Madurai, families of select few children affected by the disease were called in for a get together, strictly following the COVID appropriate behaviour.  Gifts were distributed to the children.

CME on Situational Analysis

Aravind-Coimbatore, May 7

Trainees from MLOP departments – Medical Records, Refraction, Outpatient, Lab, Counselling, In Patient, Operation Theatre and Opticals – depicted challenging situations in work in the form of role plays and dramas. The analysis of the presentation helped everyone get a better understanding of not just the technical knowledge required, but also soft skills. Senior MLOPs guided the trainees for the presentation and shared their experiences.  Learning from the CME included the importance of individual attention to patients, confirming patient identity at every stage of care, importance of listening and proper communication skills.  Medical Officers  – Dr. Dhanalakshmi, Dr.Srinila, Dr.Bhagavath Shalini, Dr.Sasikala Elizabeth and Dr.Amrutha were the panelists.  Ms.Rajakumari, Counselling Coordinator coordinated the programme.

Commemorating International Nurses Day

Aravind-Coimbatore, May 12

To recognise MLOPs’ contribution in eliminating needless blindness, International Nurses’Day was observed at Aravind-Coimbatore with a variety of programmes. Drawing and poetry competitions were conducted for the trainees. A video with wishes by senior doctors and admins was developed and circulated in the whatsapp group. Greeting cards were prepared by admin staff and were given to the MLOPs of each department.  Doctors joined hands to acknowledge their selfless service to the hospital. Each department organised cake and other refreshments for their MLOPs.

CME on Patient Safety Goals

Aravind-Tirunelveli, May 27-28

The CME was organised for the staff members of Aravind- Tirunelveli and was conducted in two batches.  Dr.R.Ramakrishnan set the context for the CME by explaining patient safety and its significance.  He motivated the participants to play their role effectively in attaining excellence in eye care delivery. Senior medical consultants briefed on the 10 patient safety goals.  By quoting a few incidents happened in the recent past, they made the sessions very informative and also shared tips to avoid such instances in future. All the participants found the CME useful and essential.

Awareness creation on myopia

Aravind-Tirupati, May 15

MLOPs did rangoli for creating awareness on myopia especially during the lockdown period.  The concept was based on creating awareness for everyone especially in children to reduce their screen time. Rangoli highlighted the importance of spending quality time with friends and family instead.

Online Training on NABH Entry Level Standards

Aravind-Madurai, May 18-21

The training was conducted for the paramedics across the Aravind centres. Sessions were handled by Dr.Chandrasekhar, Aravind- Coimbatore, Dr.Akilan Arunkumar , Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy and Dr.Rajiv Sukumaran, Priyanka Eye Hospital, Kollam. Every sessions are evaluated by every day quiz by Dr.Chandrasekhar. 40 MLOPs from across Aravind Eye Hospitals, three from LAICO and around 20 participants from Joseph Eye Hospital participated.

Pranayama Session

Aravind-Tirunelveli, May 29

An online pranayama class was organised for the staff Aravind – Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kovilpatti.  As pranayama is extremely good to regularize breathing, the need for such a class was very much felt.  Thiru. A. Ramasamy, Yoga instructor and member of Vazhga Valamudan handled the session.  Thiru.Ramasamy taught 7 basic pranayama steps with elaborate explanations and demonstrations.

Kolam Competition

Aravind-Chennai, May 29

Aravind Eye Hospital – Chennai conducted several competitions to engage staff especially during lock down.  Competitions like kolam, pencil art, cooking without fire, newspaper craft and flower tying were organised.  These activities revealed hidden talents of the staff.  Staff enthusiastically participated and enjoyed the fun-filled events.  Prize winners were also announced.