Chittagong Eye Infirmary & Training Complex
Country of Operation
- Bangladesh National Society for the BlindNot-for-profit
SummaryChittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex is a multidisciplinary purpose-built tertiary eye care institution. It has specific functions such as ophthalmic human resource development and eye care services. It is now recognized as one of the major ophthalmic centers in Bangladesh.
This program focuses on prevention, cure and rehabilitation of blind and visually handicapped people through static and mobile eye care services.
Key program components
CEITC provides eye services through its main hospital and various outreach programs such as Mobile Eye Camp, School Eye Heath Services, Primary Eye Care Services and Under Five Clinic services. Eye bank and tissue processing are also available. There is a separate well-equipped outpatient wing for pediatric ophthalmology, six consultation rooms – two for pediatric ophthalmologists, one for orthoptic, one for pediatric refraction, one for pediatric counseling and one for pediatricians. There is a separate registration room for children. The facility also contains a safe child play area and a separate feeding room for mothers to feed their babies. CEITC provide 500-600 OPD consultations daily through routine OPD services along with sub-specialty services such as Glaucoma, Cornea-Eye Bank, Ocular Microbiology, Vitreao-Retina, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Orbit-Oculoplasty, Low Vision etc. There are six modern surgical rooms at CEITC of which three are dedicated for posterior segment, pediatric ophthalmology and extra ocular cases. CEITC sees about 800 patients daily.
Realizing the paucity of the ophthalmic services in the country and the necessity of more and urgent efforts in this sector, a group of eye specialist and social workers joined together to form a voluntary organization named Bangladesh National Society for Blind (BNSB) in 1973 with triple objectives of Prevention, cure and rehabilitation of the blind and visually handicapped people through static and mobile eye care services. The organization gave importance to outreach programs from its very inception. It took up mobile eye camp programs to reach services to their doorsteps. This drew attention of a number of blind welfare workers at home and aboard. To cope with ever expanding eye care activities throughout the county the need for the trained ophthalmic human resource was felt acutely, accordingly the institution has taken human resource development programs for the doctors, nurse, paramedics and other technical personnel. In 1991, the establishment of the institute of “ Community Ophthalmology of the University of Chittagong at Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex is a milestone. The institute offers courses in Community Ophthalmology leading to diploma for doctors and has by now made a significant impact in the field of community ophthalmology.