Chennai, Jul 13: Lions Club International Dist 324 A6, serving about 250 villages in the city periphery, would concentrate on eye donation and eye care, besides launching an awareness programme on diabetes detection during the year 2008-09.
Talking to newspersons on assuming office as District Governor, Ms Kamala Mahadeven said the district has decided to collect 100 pairs of eyes and provide eye sight to 200 people, apart from performing cataract surgeries for the needy. For 2008-09, the district, in accordance with the International programme, selected eye care, environmental awareness, cultural activities, diabetes detection, talent promotion and image building as thrust areas.
In the field of eye donation and eye care, awareness programme and propagating eye donation after death would be carried out with the involvement of school children, she said adding that eye screening and cataract surgery camps would be carried out in association with various hospitals.
''We want to make the peripherals of the city ''cataract free- zones,'' Ms Mahadevan, the first lady District Governor said. ''We are planning to spend about Rs three to Rs four crore during this year,'' she added.
To keep the environment green, the district would plant 1,000 saplings. The community would be educated on the need for planting tree saplings, she said.
Mr K G Ramakrishnamurthy, immediate past International Director, said with the help of Lions Club International, water treatment plants were being established in all government schools in the state.