Mukta Drishti Foundation (MDF) Takes The Lead To Address Diabetic Retinopathy In Goa

MDF flagged off its first diabetic testing mobile AmbuVan in Goa, supervised and headed by India’s leading Diabetologist, Dr Tejas Kamat…

Mukta Drishti Foundation (MDF), a registered NGO and the charitable wing promoted by Mukta Opticians (founded in 1977 by Sarsolkar Brothers) focuses on eye care since its inception. However, recently MDF has diversified into other domains of healthcare which are being developed in collaboration with leading technology providers for oncology, pathology, radiology etc. MDF also works in areas of education and capacity building, social development and welfare, environment and sustainable community building as well as animal welfare.

MDF flagged off its dedicated AmbuVan on August 11, 2022, for testing and detection of diabetic retinopathy and detecting early stages of diabetic foot issues. Shri Nilesh Cabral, Honorable Minister, PWD, Law & Judiciary was the Chief Guest and Shri Gaurish Dhond (Guest of Honor), IPDG, Rotary District 3170, Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, Goa, launched the booklet of Mukta Drishti Foundation at the flaggoff ceremony. The booklet details the projects conducted by MDF. Special Invitees at the event were Dr. Anand Dalvi, Secretary, IMA, Tiswadi. Dr Devika Lawande and Dr Tejas Kamat. Dr Pradeep Naik, ex Dean of GMC, sent a video message to congratulate MDF for its initiative.

The AmbuVan is equipped with cloud based pathological devices to Test Random Sugar, HBA1C, Haemoglobin, B.P. and ophthalmological devices like fundus camera on phone, using which trained technicians and operators can detect prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and send patients for further check-ups to the specialists. The AmbuVan is also equipped with Foot Sensitivity Checking Devices to monitor diabetic neuropathic foot issues. MDF hopes to scale up the initiative and cater to all the adult population in Goa with the support of CSR sponsors.

MDF’s Diabetic Testing Mobile AmbuVan project is supported by Indian Medical Association, Goa, Research Society for the study of Diabetes in India, Goa Chapter, and the project will be supervised and headed by India’s leading Diabetologist, Dr Tejas Kamat, Director & Consultant, Diabetes Care, Goa.

MDF has conducted more than 1500 eye camps so far, screening over 5,00,000 people and provided free spectacles to more than 1,00,000 people identified with refractive errors and conducted Free Cataract and other surgeries in collaboration with leading hospitals for over 5000 people.

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