Eye Hospitals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India are a group of islands located on the south-eastern side of India, on the Bay of Bengal, away from the Indian mainland. These islands are rich in natural beauty and are home to modern people as well as a unique tribe called the Sentinelese people who keep no contact with any other people of the world.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands boast of a pleasantly-surprising healthcare system where majority of healthcare facilities are offered for free to the people living here. Only a few facilities like opting for a special ward or going for a nursing ward may include nominal charges.
Some of the free healthcare facilities include:
- Free ambulance services.
- Free consultation by doctors.
- Free nursing and administrative facilities.
- Free operations and surgeries.
- Free medication from hospital pharmacies.
- Free food for patients admitted in the hospitals.
- No taxes.
Along with these plus-points, the following areas are being improved by the Health Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Strengthening of District Hospitals – this includes the strengthening of skilled workers like managers and specialists in district hospitals. This would also benefit the primary healthcare of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, whenever a backup is required.
- Improving Primary Healthcare – this includes an overall betterment drive to improve the Primary Health Centres, Urban Health Centres, Community Health Centres and Sub-Centres of these islands so that good healthcare facilities are available to all the people living in urban and remote rural parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Strengthening of AYUSH – this includes the establishment and betterment of AYUSH centres as per the guidelines of the Government of India.
- Betterment of GB Pant Hospital – this hospital is the only hospital in Andaman and Nicobar Islands that offers specialised services like Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pathology, Gynaecology, etc. Hence, its betterment and upgradation is an essential step that is required.
- Strengthening of the Directorate – this is required to spread information about and prevent various communicable and non-communicable diseases like Leprosy, AIDS, Tuberculosis, etc.
- Setting-up a new Medical College – this is a much needed step for the state as setting-up of a medical college will greatly improve medical-education opportunities, employment opportunities as well as the future prospects in the field of medicine.
Eye care is an integral part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences. This institute offers numerous eye care facilities like OCT, retina lasers, cataract surgery, anterior segment surgeries, anterior segment and fundus photography, Pachymetry, YAG iridectomy and capsulotomy and glaucoma surgery among others.
The Ophthalmic Department boasts of good infrastructure and efficient medical equipment. With sixteen beds available in the institute at present, the average number of surgeries per year is around 500-700 major surgeries.