The Ruparelia Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate owned by tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, is set to organize a free eye medical treatment camp in Kamuli district on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, August, 2022.
The free eye medical camp event will take place at the Shree Hind Bhavin Samal located on Plot 4-19, Crawford Avenue, Kamuli Municipality.
The Capital Times have learnt that the foundation will offer services like Eye Screening, Cataract surgery, free glasses and blood drive.
Cataracts remain the leading cause of Blindness in low/middle-income families, the highest burden is thought to be in the Karamoja plus Busoga regions and according to Dr Susan Kikira, a consultant ophthalmologist, cataracts cause 57% of blindness cases in the nation, and uncorrected refractive errors are the most frequent cause of visual impairment.
Based on this medical background, more than 2000 people with different eye problems are expected to turn up on the 20th and 21st of August, 2022 in Kamuli district.
We’ve further established that the North Indian Cultural Association (NICA), Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Abacus Parental Drug Limited, SSDM Temple, Rwenzori Bottling Company Ltd, Euroflex Ltd (Eurofoam), Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd (Lato milk), Harris International (Riham) will also render tremendous support to the cause.
The Ruparelia Foundation was established in 2012 with a vision to create positive and transformative change in the community, with the belief that a lot can be achieved when we work together. As a part of the Foundation’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs, the previous Free Eye Camps have attracted large numbers, with the most recent one attracting thousands of people. 4032 people were screened, 275 cataract surgeries were conducted, and 422 reading glasses and 180 prescription glasses were donated to the people in the community in dire need of corrective eye glasses. The aim of this year’s Eye Camp is to serve more people than before.
Sheena Ruparelia, the Director of Ruparelia Group, noted the foundation has so far conducted medical eye camps in Kampala the last one on 21st – 23rd August 2015 at Kampala Parents school. The Kamuli edition is unique in that it takes place in the town where the foundation’s co-founder, Mrs Jyotsna Ruparelia, was born and raised.
“It warms my heart, to give back to the community, where I grew up”, Jyotsna Ruparelia.
The Ruparelia Foundation’s good deed was recognised by Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, who is set to flag off the health camp. She feels initiatives of this sort are highly welcomed since they complement government efforts.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the following partners for their significant assistance: Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Rwenzori Bottling Company Ltd, Euroflex Ltd (Eurofoam), Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd (Lato milk), Harris International (Riham) and the Rotary Clubs of Jinja and Nsangi,” Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the foundation chairman.
“We invite other well-wishers to join us in this worthy effort,” he added.
The First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, who is expected to flag off the health camp acknowledged the kind gesture of the Ruparelia Foundation, and believes initiatives of this nature are highly essential as they complement Government efforts.
The foundation has always attracted and treated large numbers during their eye camps with the most recent one attracting thousands of people.
At least 4032 people were screened, 275 cataract surgeries were conducted, 422 reading glasses and 180 prescription glasses were donated to the people in dire need of corrective eye glasses.
Ruparelia Foundation strives to create a positive and transformative change in the community through making a real difference in the course of the present-day but also have a sustainable plan for every initiative carried out.