(MENAFN) National Eye Donation Fortnight, a drive for the Indian government, launched a campaign on Sunday aimed at encouraging eyes donations, and is set to be wrapped up September 8.
"Loss of sight due to corneal blindness can be cured through #EyeDonation. The cornea of the donor after his/her death can be surgically transplanted to the patient," stated the Indian Ministry of Health in an online statement.
"1.2 lakhs corneally blind people and many more with visual impairment due to corneal diseases require cornea for transplantation in the country," the ministry noted.
According to the ministry, "approximately 20,000 new cases get added every year. Majority of them are young."
"National Eye Donation Fortnight begins today. Eye donation is a noble deed, which our government has always encouraged. #Bangla is one of the few States to have successfully created green corridors for the speedy transfer of organs. I also pledged to donate my eyes 15 years ago," added Chief Minister of India's eastern state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.