Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences in collaboration with CHEF International organized Free Eye & Ear camp at Takht Bhai Eye Hospital (CEC), District Mardan on 27th & 28th April 2015. Faculty of PIRS & students actively participated in this camp voluntarily.
Takht Bahi: Takht Bahi is one of the tehsil of district Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa which is rich in archaeological remains of the Ghandhara civilization. Takht means “throne” and bahi, means “water” or “spring” in Persian/Urdu. The monastic complex was called Takht-i-Bahi because it was built atop a hill and also adjacent to a stream and is located 15km from Mardan city on Swat Malakand road. It consists of numerous chapels and stupas sticking to the high, rocky spurs. Takht Bahi is famous for sugar cane, wheat, maze, vegetable, and orchards cultivation.
Population of Takht Bahi is 42137 of which Males are 21490 & Females 20647 according to the report made by the USAID in 2011. Majority of the people depends on agriculture / farming. Takht Bahi lacks basic education system & consists of few schools at primary & middle level but negligible high schools. It has only one college & no university in this area.
PIRS Participation: Faculty of Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS) & students of 3rd year participated in the mega free eye & ear camp. PIRS provided air conditioned & transport to the team along with refreshments & lunch services to make the event pleasant & comfortable. Basic equipments were provided to the team while the rest were provided by Takht Bahi Eye Hospital administration / staff.
Camp Timings: Residents of Takht Bahi used to get up early in the morning & go to bed early. Therefore, we used to leave PIRS Islamabad at sharp 6am early morning to reach the place in time so that maximum work to be done & maximum patients gets benefitted. Free Eye & Ear Camps were continued simultaneously without any break from 9am morning to 3pm evening on both camp days.
Camp Services: Refractive services & detailed eye examinations were carried out by Optometrists & Audiologists while surgeries were performed by Ophthalmologist, by making services to the people totally free of cost. Patients with complicated cases were referred to the nearest hospital for comprehensive evaluation & management. Lunch were served after the OPD finished by 3pm.
Camp Experience: Students experienced in this camp for the first time & worked very hard despite of tiredness from long travelling. Faculty of PIRS also showed their full potentials while assessing the patients & guiding / helping their students during their 1st experience. Students were highly pleased from their staffs for their kind strong support & requested to continue supporting them in accessing the poor people to get benefitted & have a positive impact on quality of their lives.
Future Strategies: PIRS will continue supporting the people in need of eye & ear care services & play an important role in combating visual & hearing impairment everywhere.