By Suman Ramesh, a member of the Rotary Club of Lago-Palm Grove Estate, Lagos, Nigeria
For several years, our club has had the privilege of being part of an eye camp that provides free surgeries to patients with limited access to care in Nigeria. There is nothing quite like witnessing the joy on the face of a patient who arrives with limited vision, and leaves with the ability to see.
We team up with the medical staff from the Eye Institute in Navsari, India, to sponsor the camp, treating nearly a thousand patients in the Nigerian states of Lagos and Ogun spread over 10 days. Patients are screened and pre-surgery tests conducted for four to five weeks prior to the camp, drawing crowds of needy people, many of them suffering cataracts and similar eye conditions. It is very common for our club to receive calls from cataract patients inquiring about the dates of our camp.
Our club and district take great pride in this project, which has been guided by a special member of our club, Viral Purohit, for many years. A friend, a mentor, and a true leader in our club in many ways, Purohit left this world on the last day of the Rotary year in June. But the joy he brought to the hearts of thousands continues to keep his memory alive.
As a past president of our club, it was an honor and gift for me to serve alongside Purohit and observe the many ways he shared his passion for Rotary with others. Our club, and all the Rotary members in District 9110, bow to this Rotarian who bridged continents to touch others and show us all the impact we can have through Rotary.