Free eye care for Dongria Kondhs


Rayagada / Bissamkatak: Members of the Dongria Kondh community living in the Niyamgiri Hills of Rayagada District, who recently made headlines for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, receive free eye treatment at their doorstep.

With the Tribal Odisha Eye Disease Study (Toes) -a Diagnostic Action Research Project inaugurated on Friday in the villages of Khajuri and Kadragumma of Kurli panchayat under the Bissamkatak block by collector Saroj Kumar Mishra, it is hoped that members of this particularly vulnerable tribal group who lived with eye diseases will benefit immensely.

As part of this project, which is jointly organized by the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Odisha PVTG Empowerment and Livelihoods Improvement Program (OPELIP) and LV Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad under the aegis of the Ministry of Tribal affairs, PVTG members will benefit from free eye exam, treatment, operation and glasses.

According to a source, a target has been set to test 10,190 members of 2,600 Dongria Kondh families living in 99 villages in the Niyamgiri Hills in three months.

Informing about the project, Chatikana OPELIP project manager Sudarshan Padhi said members of the Dongria Kondh community have expressed interest in a sight test.

“On the first day, over 200 members showed up and received treatment,” he added.

Notably, the Dongria Kondh tribes, who live their lives according to a set of their own principles, refused to submit to the RT-PCR test when some administrative officials approached them during the second wave of the pandemic to convince them of the same. thing.

Even, they had said that they did not worry about the Covid-19. However, after much persuasion, they had agreed to undergo an RT-PCR test and receive doses.



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