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Endorsed by Centers of Excellence in eye care and reviewed by representative of WHO SEARO, “Comprehensive Guidelines for OPD/IPD Services in Ophthalmology Hospitals/Clinics under New Normal: Living with Covid-19” was released by Orbis and QAI on the occasion of World Quality Day.
November 12, 2020: Orbis has partnered with Quality & Accreditation Institute (QAI) to release a comprehensive set of guidelines for ophthalmology hospitals/clinics in India on November 12 to mark World Quality Day.
The resource titled, “Comprehensive Guidelines For OPD/ IPD Services in Ophthalmology Hospitals/Clinics Under New Normal: Living with Covid-19”, has been formulated by experts in ophthalmology and quality across the country and has been reviewed by Dr. Patanjali Dev Nayar, Regional Adviser; Disability & Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Department of Healthier Populations and Noncommunicable Diseases WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India apart from Centers of Excellence, namely, Aravind Eye Hospital, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS and Sankara Nethralaya.
Launching the guidelines, Dr Promila Gupta, Principal Consultant, Director General of Health Services (MoHFW), Chief Guest, said, “As the health-care system is finally re-organizing to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, it is important to align comprehensive eye care activities in line with the government’s COVID guidelines. The guidelines issued by Orbis and QAI for the eye healthcare professionals is a comprehensive and standard document to be followed to ensure the well-being and safety of patients, attendants and health care professionals. It is an exemplary approach formulated for all eye hospitals and clinics across the country to implement in their processes”
Hosted by Orbis and QAI, the launch event was attended by key persons in healthcare such as Dr Patanjali Dev Nayar, WHO-SEARO, Dr Peter Lachman, CEO ISQua, Dr BK Rana, CEO Quality & Accreditation Institute (QAI), Dr. Rishi Raj Borah, Country Director Orbis India, Ms Arlene Lozano, Vice President, Project Development & Quality Assurance, Orbis International, Mr. Hunter Cherwek, Vice President, Clinical Services, Dr GN Rao, Founder, Chairman, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Dr RD Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, Prof. Praveen Vashist, Officer In-charge, Community Ophthalmology, Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, and Dr TS Surendran, Vice-Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya among others.
Speaking about the guidelines, Dr Nayar said, “This document is an excellent compilation of best practices to contain the spread of COVID-19 in a healthcare facility in general and eye care facility in particular. These comprehensive set of guidelines, based on several references from across different national and international Organizations including WHO, would support Ophthalmology hospital and clinic including outreach clinics/ vision centres in their functioning in a safer manner. I am hopeful that Ophthalmology Hospitals and Clinics would find these guidelines helpful in opening up their operations and continue meeting healthcare needs of citizens. I congratulate QAI and Orbis for taking this important initiative of developing these
Dr Rishi Raj Borah, Country Director, Orbis India said, “There’s so much that the pandemic has changed
in the way we function and the way we accomplish tasks on a daily basis. Orbis’s goal has always been
to eliminate avoidable blindness through its partnerships with local teams, partner hospitals and other
like-minded non-profits. With the changing times, Orbis felt that much can be accomplished through
these collaborations this year. Patient and staff safety is primary and being able to deliver eye care
services, eye health professionals need to ensure safety at various levels, especially during such a time.
So, we thought of creating these guidelines with the help of experts in healthcare in our partner
network and beyond. I believe the guidelines will be resourceful for not just our partner network but
for any eye hospital or clinic and their outreach initiatives within the country.”