Community Services through Eye Care Society

Comtrust Eye Care Society was registered under the Societies Registration Act in 1998. The Society was originally formed for coordinating the charitable activities and also the community outreach programmes of Comtrust Eye Hospital, Calicut.

The core values of the Comtrust Eye Care Society have been identified as “Excellence, Transparency, Credibility & Charity”

During the 14 years of its existence, the Society extended its service to the Districts of Kannur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Wynad and Kasargod by establishing the following hospitals:


COMTRUST EYE CARE HOSPITAL, THALASSERY (KANNUR DISTRICT)

This hospital was set up by Comtrust Eye Care Society in January, 2006. The Hospital is functioning in the 2nd floor “City Centre”. The unit caters to the needs of people from Kannur District, Union Territory of Mahe and also the northern parts of Kozhikode District. The Hospital is fully equipped with all modern amenities and an Operation theatre.

Thalassery
SIMS COMTRUST EYE CARE HOSPITAL, KANHANGAD (KASARGODE DISTRICT)

The hospital unit was established by Comtrust Eye Care Society in February, 2008 at Kanhangad. This Hospital caters to the population of the Northernmost areas of Kerala.

Kanhangad
OTTAPALAM EYE CARE HOSPITAL (PALAKKAD DISTRICT)

The Comtrust Ottapalam Eye Care Hospital was established in March 2008 at Ottapalam in Palakkad District. This is a joint venture of the Comtrust Eye Care Society and Ottapalam Welfare Trust. . The Hospital, which started at leased premises, was shifted to the building owned by Ottapalm Welfare Society in 2011. Subsequently, the name of the Hospital was changed to Ottapalam Eye Care Hospital.

The Hospital caters to the needy people in and around Palakkad District and is equipped with full-fledged operation theatre.

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Community Outreach Programme


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Cataract detection camp held at
Hospital premises
A Tribal camp at poothadi (Wayanad)
School children's Eye Screening Camp
 
 

The Society conducts regular free eye screening camps on all Sundays and National Holidays at centres in the rural areas of Malabar as well as in the Hospitals, with the co-operation of District Blindness Control Society, local clubs, NGOs and service organizations like Lions Clubs etc. Patients with minor ailments are treated at the campsite itself. Those who require cataract surgery are advised to report at Comtrust Eye Hospital or any of our other hospitals, for surgery. Poor patients are operated free of cost with the implantation of Intra Ocular Lenses (IOLs) . The expenses viz. boarding, bed charges, medicines etc. are borne by the Hospital. Spectacles prescribed to the patients at the eye screening camps are provided at very nominal cost.

A free section is functioning at all these hospitals on all working days. Any patient can walk into the free section anytime and get free consultation. Cataract surgeries are accorded to the needy patients at a nominal cost at the free section. These patients are also provided with free boarding and medicine.

Details of our outreach programme as at the end of March 2012:

No. of Eye Screening Camps conducted
1,829
No. of patients examined in these Camps
458,243
No. of patients treated free of cost
192,257
No. of patients operated at free of cost
41,232

Details of out-patients treated in the Free Sections of our hospitals:

No. of outpatients
199,708
No. of patients operated for cataract
13,687

Occasionally, the Eye Care Society extends financial assistance/concession to the needy patients for the treatment of other eye diseases also.

Vision Centres / Sub Centres

One sub centre is functioning under the Society at Muttil (Wynad District) mainly with the aim of extending free treatment to the tribal people. Our doctors and paramedical staff visit the sub-centre once in a month and examine the patients. The patients who require further treatment are transported to our hospital at the expense of the hospital and cataract surgeries are accorded to them at free of cost at the Comtrust Eye Hospital, Calicut.

Screening of School children:
The Society is giving much emphasis on timely detection and treatment of eye disorders among children. This programme has a very significant objective, since defective vision or partial blindness in children will seriously affect their educational career. The programme has been implemented to cover all the schools in Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod and Wynad Districts and we have so far, examined more than 200,000 school children and corrective measures have been taken in the case of the needy children.