SHILLONG, Oct 11: The Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Meghalaya, Pravin Bakhsi has said that visually challenged individuals should not feel any different nor be discouraged with their condition while pointing out that they should rather forge ahead following their dreams so as to set an example for others to follow.
Bakshi had made this statement while speaking as the chief guest of the ‘Walk for the Blind’ event organized by Blind Walk Shillong and The Project Vision Northeast here on Thursday to observe World Sight Day.
Stating that the government is more than ready to promote noble initiatives such ‘Walk for the Blind’, Bakshi said that the people with charitable disposition involved in these honourable causes live longer and lead a happier and fulfilled life.
During the event, a brief program which began at 11:00 AM was held in the premises of All Saints Cathedral in which Bansara Eye Care Centre’s Medical Director – Dr Jennifer Basaiawmoit – in her introductory speech said that, “All the organizations and institutes gathered here today is here for one purpose which is to join hands in arenewed effort to translate the vision of the global eye health action plan which perceives a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired or blind and those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential and where there is a universal access to comprehensive eye care services”.
Bakshi then flagged off the walk from All Saints Cathedral Hall (IGP, Shillong) to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office and culminated back at All Saints Cathedral Hall. A total number of more than 300 participants from different organisations participated in the event.
It may be noted here that Blind Walk Shillong is a conglomerate movement of different organization across all spheres of life in Shillong. It comprises of Bansara Eye Care Centre, Church of North India (CNI), Jain Community, Rotary ClubOrchid City, Marwari MahilaSamity, Innerwheel Club, Punjabi Sabha, Jyoti Sroat School, Quinee school, R B Anoopchand school, Society for Promotion of Eye Care & Sight, Lions Clubs of Shillong, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), All India Malayalee community, different Religious bodies and other communities as well as different Educational Institutes.
The Project Vision Northeast meanwhile is an organization that works for the blind, raised the agenda of eye donation so that 3 million blind people could get the gift of sight through corneal transplant, which can be accomplished only through eye donation.