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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 06.15 GMT

First Lady becomes one millionth eye donor


First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa yesterday became the one millionth Sri Lankan eye donor when she signed the consent form at the Eye Donation Day ceremony.

The donation ceremony, organized by the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society (SLEDS) was held at the Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya.

The event was held to mark 100 years of blind education. The government in 2009 declared a ‘National Eye Donation Day’ in memory of Dr. Hudson Silva.

According to SLEDS president Prof. Chandana Jayaratne, the SLEDS had donated 41,000 eye tissues locally and 60,326 internationally. Around 33,000 eye tissues had been tested and donated to people with vision impairment.

The Sri Lanka Eye Bank has become the world’s fifth biggest Eye Bank, he said.

SLEDS have donated Rs. 100,000 to the Tangalle Blind School for the welfare of blind students and Rs. 45,000 to the Sri Jayawardanepura University Blind Welfare Unit, he said.

Prof. Jayaratne said that the SLEDS had organized a programme to perform free vision tests from yesterday in the SLEDS premises.






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