Eye Hospitals in Lakshadweep

Eye Hospitals in Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a union territory of India comprising of a group of small islands with total surface area of thirty two square km. It is the smallest UT of the country. Its total population is around 65,473 (2011 census). Since this place lies close to Kerala, most of the people here speak Malayali and are ethnically similar to the people of Kerala. Coconut cultivation and fishing is the main occupation of the people of Lakshadweep.

The natives of Lakshadweep practice their own curative system through herbs and plants. However the government is making concerted efforts to provide efficient healthcare facilities under various schemes such as National Disease Prevention Program and National Family Welfare Program, etc. There are no private medical stores and hospitals in this region so all the medicines required by the patients are provided within the Indira Gandhi Hospital through tele-medicines. A First Aid Centre has been established at Bangaram Island and the government is planning to establish similar FACs at other inhabited islands. Community Health Centres have been established at Agatti, Amini and Androth islands. The government is providing immunization facilities for vaccine preventable diseases and efforts are being made to prevent water-borne diseases in these islands. There are Primary Health Centres in Kalpeni, Kadmath, Kilthan and Chetnat.

Eye care facilities are available at the Indira Gandhi Hospital at Kavaratti where treatment for eye ailments such as Cataract, Acanthmoeba Keratitis, etc. can be taken.