Honorary General Secretary
Syed Mushahid Ahmed
Right To Sight To Help the Helpless
Blindness is a worldwide phenomenon of human disability. It is a problem that is much more widespread in the developing world. Blindness is defined as the inability to perceive light. Bangladesh a country approximately one hundred sixty million people occupies one of the most densely populated areas. About one percent of total population is blind added to this another 60,000 go blind every year. Main causes of blindness are malnutrition, family food habits, lack of education inadequate eye care, lack of treatment facilities and vitamin A deficiency. Most of the victims of such blindness are children aged 1-6 years. It is estimated that around 85% of blind people live in rural areas. Up to 80% of blindness is considered to avoidable because it could be cured or prevented if resources could be made available.
In sylhet division there is not a specialized Eye Hospital except M.A.G Osmani Medical College & Hospital. In the initial stage the sylhet division has had the one way health facilities through the sylhet M.A.G Osmani Medical College & Hospital. So it was very difficult to provide the needed health facility including the eye care service to the huge 12 million population of sylhet division. In this situation local philanthropists came forward with a vision- SIGHT TO SEE and established Mouvibazar BNSB Eye Hospital. To work for the visually handicapped people BNSB Moulvibazar has begun its work in 1981 and extended up to 25 beds in 1986. Now it is a 31 beds specialized Eye Hospital and provide the services to maximum number of people in the sylhet division(Moulvibazar, Hobiganj, Sunamganj and sylhet district).
Demographically its cover 12 million people and geographically its working areas are 12596sqkm. The hospital is running under the guidance and advises of an Executive Committee consisting of 17 members. Deputy Commissioner of Moulvibazar is the Ex-Officio president in this Executive Committee
Moulvibazar BNSB Eye Hospital is the largest and oldest eye care service provider in sylhet division, the north eastern region of Bangladesh with a population of 12 million which children are 3.2 million. It started rendering eye care services at the community level through outreach Eye camp in 1981 and built a 31-bed eye hospital in 1986. Near about 150 staff including Skilled Ophthalmologists, Trained Ophthalmic Paramedics & Nurses, Orthoptist and optometrist administrative staff and support service staffs work full time in the Hospital. Average 500-550 eye patients are seen in the OPD everyday and about 350-400 eye surgeries are performed monthly.
Although a large number of pediatric eye patients attend in the pediatric unit of the hospital. To provide specialized service among the pediatric patients we have established a well equipped separate pediatric eye care unit and it is working effectively. Through this unit every year near about 25,000 pediatric patients are seen in OPD and near about 200-250 surgeries are performed.
Our Vision is “Envisioning a society where eradication of blindness is a reality and new blindness is prevented.”
Our mission is “Prevention of blindness through creating mass awareness and early intervention and creating facilities for appropriate treatment.”
Moulvibazar BNSB Eye Hospital work for all. Mainly we have given preference to the poor, the marginal section of people who comprise majority of the population.
Our motto is “To Help the Helpless”.