This eye bank was inaugurated by chief minister Nitish Kumar through video conferencing on Tuesday.
NMCH superintendent Dr Binod Kumar Singh said since it was declared a dedicated Covid hospital by the state government and treatment of all other diseases were suspended, a fresh permission would be required to make the eye bank functional on the same premises. The eye bank and corneal transplant facility in this hospital would cater to the needs of a large population of western Patna and Patna city.
Singh said there was a decrease in the number of Covid patients in the hospital in recent weeks some new directions, including resumption of treatment of other diseases, was expected from the government.
Dr Rajesh Tiwari, head of the eye department, said the eye bank, once functional, would prepare the list of donors and the patients needing corneal transplant.
Cornea is the clear and outer front surface layer of the eye.
The counsellors of eye department will also visit other hospitals to get donors from among the terminally ill patients admitted there.
Tiwari said the old operation theatre of the eye department would be used for corneal transplant. The department has experts of corneal transplant.
He said the NMCH became the fourth government hospital in the state capital after PMCH, IGIMS and Rajendra Nagar eye hospital to have the eye bank facility.
“Soon, we will request organ transplant committee of the state for seeking registration,” said Tiwari.
Any damage to cornea by accident, malnutrition or some serious diseases leads to total or partial blindness. In such cases, cornea is transplanted for restoring the vision, he added.