Rotary Club of Kandivli gifts a microscope to HTEC

 In Phiroze Ruttonshaw Vakil Eye Care

The Rotary Club of Bombay Kandivli has donated a highly sophisticated microscope to be used in ophthalmic surgeries at the Rotary Club of Bombay’s Hasanali Tobaccowala Eye Centre at Talwada. Described as the “Opmi Lumera 300” microscope, it is a quality product of the Swiss giant Carl Zeiss and is said to be worth a whopping Rs. 23 lakhs. At the regular Club meeting of August 25, IPP Anuj Ajmera of the Kandivli Club made a symbolic presentation of the equipment to IPP Shailesh Haribhakti, PP Dr. Rahim Muljiani, Chairman Emeritus of Talwada, and PP Dr. Rumi Jehangir, HTEC Chairman, in the presence of President Dr. Sonya Mehta. Making a brief speech, IPP Anuj recalled that last year his Club had planned to make a donation to help make a difference in the community. On learning that the HTEC needed some special equipment, he contacted IPP Shailesh who immediately got back to him. They held a meeting along with Anuj’s colleague PP Krishna Chaturvedi who was instrumental in getting the funds. The donation was sourced from a foreign donor with a specific object of helping poor and needy patients for eyerelated problems. The Rotary Club of Borivli Charitable Trust also supported the cause. Once the decision had been taken, things moved quickly and an order for the microscope required by the HTEC was placed with Carl-Zeiss within a week.

“It gives me great pride to make this announcement and to offer this microscope worth Rs. 23 lakhs for use at the Talwada HTEC,” said Anuj. The donors are of Indian origin but reside in the UK. They, the Buhariwala family, are known to PP Krishna Chaturvedi who arranged the donation. His only request is that he be informed when the first surgery is conducted with the help of the new microscope, so that he can film it and send a recording to the donor.

“We, the two Clubs, have already become partners in a noble cause. I assure you that we can look for more such donations as may be required in future,” Anuj added. Later, HTEC Chairman PP Dr. Rumi Jehangir said that he was thrilled to receive the Carl- Zeiss Operating Microscope “which is an excellent instrument, with superb optics and visualisation of ocular tissues; it is used for eye surgeries including for cataract, glaucoma, vitrectomy and other microsurgical procedures.” The HTEC operates on about 800 poor and needy patients every year and “each one of them will benefit from this munificent donation,” he adds.

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