Focus on Bihar - West Champaran District
The Doctor Siddiqui Netralaya Hospital, Narkatiaganj, West Champaran. The northern-most district of Bihar now has its first community eye hospital with eye surgeon Dr. Sabit Hasan running an increasingly busy Out-Patients Department and restoring sight to thousands each year.
But never forget how frightening it is for each individual blind patient to undergo treatment. 70 year-old Hira Shah (left) was petrified before his cataract surgery. One eye was irreversibly blind following an injury and now cataract had taken away the sight in the other eye. When he took off his eye patch he met two other ‘one eyed’ patients -Shahid Myz and Gulasi Devi, both from his own village! The happy trio made their way home together without any assistance.