KARACHI: As an ongoing feature of Pakistan Petroleum Limited’s (PPL) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, a three-day free-of-cost surgical eye camp concluded on January 22 at Taluka Headquarters Hospital, Kandhkot in District Kashmore, Sindh near PPL-operated Kandhkot Gas Field. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital was the implementing partner.
The camp, which commenced on January 20, benefitted over 2100 locals who were provided consultation, treatment and medicines during the three days. Among these, 1200 patients were provided spectacles for near and distance vision while more than 160 on-site cataract surgeries were performed.
PPL regularly organizes eye camps around its producing assets in Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab on an annual basis to provide an end-to-end healthcare solution for various ophthalmic issues faced by the local communities.
Additionally, PPL has a number of long-term CSR initiatives in Kandhkot for provision of healthcare, education and infrastructure development for underserved local communities. Notable among these are a free-of-cost mobile medical dispensary, three PPL-TCF schools and PPL-funded Dr. Ruth Pfau Health Center (DRPHC) (formerly Marie Adelaide Triple Merger Centre). More recently, PPL has also funded the establishment of a state-of-the-art Ophthalmic Operation Theatre at DRPHC, which has begun cataract surgeries for locals.