Mahila Mandal Barmer Agor

Cataract Operation Brings Back Independence

Chakar Khan Male 65 years S/O Bahawal Khan Dethani, Ranaser GP Muslim Community (OBC) this client belongs to poor family. Agriculture is the main source of income Before MMBAs intervention through Comprehensive Eye Services; he had blurred vision unable to move frequently. In a way he was dependant on others to identify his cattle’s and some times even his guests.

In Our community screening at Ranaser, Chakkar Khan was counseled to attend the camp to check his vision acuity. He did come to camp and checked his eye and found that he has matured cataract. When we asked him to accompany us to NJ Hospital for cataract operation he just plainly refused. We did our best to take him to hospital but he was stubborn and said Allah will take care him. But other selected clients in that camp was brought to NJ hospital and successfully operated.

Later when Chakkar Khan came to know about the successfully operated cases, he showed his interest to undergo cataract operation. With this, when we organized another camp at Gadra Road, 23 Km from his hamlet, he himself came to this camp without anyone’s assistance. He was again selected. But this time, he was happy and convincing other patients who was refusing likes him. He happily underwent cataract operation and cooperated very well with operating team.

Even before organizing community-screening camp, our field workers were convincing him to undergo cataract operation. Because of his superstitious belief he was not cooperating with our field workers. But when community screening was organized nearby his village, he came up to camp but refused to sit in bus.

In short, people are convinced and expect that community screening should take place in their own village that too bus should come in their village and drop them again in same village. We accept this is as a challenge but we left with no option to complete the target.

Despite, geographical and scattered demographic factor, MMBA was able to bring chakar khan to NJH hospital and he was successfully operated. Today, chakar khan leads an independent life, able to move freely and helps his wife in household cores. Recovery of field vision helps him to take care his sheep/goat the only asset possessed by him.

He is very happy that his vision is recovered. He said, now he can take care his wife and make some income over cattle rearing. One promising statement he made is now he will work as a volunteer in his own village and convince others for cataract operation.

His family was happy to see his father moving independently. Because of our constant effort, his family promised us that they would convince their in-laws for cataract operation.

In a way successful recovery of vision of Chakar khan has helped our field staffs to convince other cataract clients for operation. Whenever they approach new clients, they give example of life of Chakar khan before operation and changes after marriage. Now villagers are cooperative in helping our field staffs to know the cataract patients.