Mumbai: The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), part of the Orbis group, the global sight-saving organisation, has landed in Mumbai. It’s mission: to carry out an intensive two-week-long medical training programme to help Indians suffering from eye problems.
As a part of the programme, the world’s only airborne ophthalmic surgical and training facility will be used to train over 150 doctors and 20 nurses by an international team from the Flying Eye Hospital and Lotus Eye Hospital.
On its 16th visit to India, FEH will host surgeries and a hands-on training programme from 30 March to 10 April. The idea is to impart sight-saving skills to Indian doctors, optometrists, nurses and biomedical engineers.
The training programme follows an invitation by the Government of India and the Ministry of Health, and will be delivered through a unique partnership between Orbis, the Indian ophthalmic community and FedEx.
“India is one of the focal points for Orbis’s work,” said Oliver Foot,Orbis president and executive director. “Since the first Flying Eye Hospital programme in Hyderabad in 1988, great strides have been made by the Indian ophthalmic community. Our continued support, through the Flying Eye Hospital and continuous in-country presence, will result in a greater number of skilled professionals who in turn will be able to treat those hoping to preserve or regain their sight,” he added.