Free eye camp reopens at Bilqees Sarwar Hospital in Pakistan
Medical professionals at the Bilqees Sarwar Hospital, an initiative of our family-run charity Bilqees Sarwar Foundation (BSF), have provided eye treatments for more than 5,000 patients in Lahore, Pakistan. Building on this success, BSF is bringing back its free eye camp services starting 1 October until 1 November 2016.
Approximately 39 million Pakistanis are forced to live with visual impairment, with half of these suffer from easily-treatable cataracts. Another sizeable part of the population remains at risk from eye disease. In many communities there is a lack of quality eye care services, and those healthcare centres offering reliable eye treatments are usually out of reach for lower income groups.
BSF is committed to improving the health of the local community, and endeavours to put quality medical facilities within the reach of all, regardless of their financial situation. As part of this dedication, a free eye camp was organised at the Bilqees Sarwar Hospital for one month during the summer of 2016. More than 5,000 people, from all walks of life, visited the hospital and benefited from a plethora of free services including eye checkups.
One of these eye patients, Khurshaid Bibi, said: “God will definitely bless the Sarwar family with happiness and success as a result of this kind deed and community service. We really appreciate this effort.”
The re-opening of the hospital’s eye camp gives underprivileged segments of society another opportunity to take advantage of the free checkups and the complete range of treatments, including minor and major surgeries performed by a skilled team of eye surgeons, consultants and doctors.
Farhan Sarwar, Founder of BSF, commented: “The purpose of this eye camp is to help those who cannot afford the cost of expensive eye treatments and who would otherwise remain untreated.”