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Dr Ruit talks about his pioneering work on cataract operation
Nov 7, 2014-Acclaimed eye surgeon and recipient of the prestigious Magsaysay Award, Dr Sanduk Ruit on Friday shared his experience of how he and his team rigorously worked day and night during the early 90s to introduce intraocular lens and cataract operation in Nepal.
Speaking during the 19th edition of Voices, a programme jointly organised by Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala Nepal-India Foundation at the Nepal-Bharat Library in the Capital, Dr Ruit said, “Back then, every day was like a nightmare to me and my team. We were a group of people with positive attitude and advocacy. But for many of our colleagues, medical doctors and policy makers of Nepal, to bring a sophisticated technology from abroad and manufacture intraocular lens locally, was no less than a mad man’s vision.”
He further added, “Nobody back then imagined that Nepal would one day be one of the pioneer countries in cataract operation. We have exported approximately four million intraocular lenses to more than 80 countries across the world in not more than a decade.”
Dr Ruit, who is also known as the ‘God of Sight” in Nepal and beyond, further enunciated how he and his team today take pride in claiming the first position in South Asia for quality services in terms of cataract surgery.
He elaborated, “The primary formula we used to achieve this ambition was our firm attempt to stay outside the regime. Perhaps no political transitions in the country or the interventions could deter us from our objective. Today we conduct at least 30 surgeries every year.”
Dr Ruit shared how it was not easy to convince people in the remote areas of Nepal that a cataract operation can bring back their vision, but once they started to believe in it, “there has been no looking back”.
Published: 08-11-2014 09:26