In a unique initiative, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started conducting free eye checking camps in its schools across the city. The eye checking camps will be conducted at 71 KMC-run schools in the city throughout January.
The programme started on Tuesday morning with KMC opening a check up camp at a school on Sashi Bhusan Dey Street under ward number 50. The students of the school attended the eye checking camps on Tuesday.
The decision was taken in the members and Mayor-in-Council meeting few days ago.
The programme will immensely benefit the students of all the KMC-run schools.
Sources in KMC said the free eye camps will be conducted at all 271 KMC-run schools in the city in various phases.
Many of the students studying at KMC schools are poor.
They do not always get the opportunity to have access to free check up camps.
The doctors in the city said that school children were now-a-days developing eye diseases.
More often, they do not inform their problems to their parents and hence they diseases go unchecked.
Many of these children often develop infections on their eyes. If they can check their eyes in a regular interval the disease can be checked.
KMC has tied up with a non-governmental organisation for the smooth running of the project.
A senior official of KMC said the spectacles will be distributed free of costs to the children requiring them.
Member and Mayor-in-Council Abhijit Mukherjee said that all the KMC schools will be covered with the new programme.
The camps will be conducted in 71 schools under KMC wards.
The programme will soon be held in other schools also. This will immensely help the poor children who study in KMC schools.