Karachi: Vision Foundation has established a first of its kind RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) Centre in Pakistan with co-operation of another NGO Support Trust which is engaged in the welfare work of needy people in the society. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited, eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness.
Vision Foundation was founded by Akram Lodhi, an engineer who lost his eyesight that began with the night blindness and converted into an incurable eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa(RP).
According to a study every one person out of 3700 people suffers from this incurable disease in the world. However there are a lot of organisations that are carrying out research to find out the causes and solution of this disease.
Director General NAB Wajid Durrani inaugurating this centre said: “This Centre is a ray of hope for people who are suffering from this fatal eye disease”. He hoped that philanthropists, researchers, surgeons and the public and non public organisations should come forward to support this project so as to help people who are suffering this fatal disease.
Sindh Minister for Finance Shabbar Zaidi speaking on this occasion said that Sindh government will provide all possible support to the RP Centre established by the Vision Foundation in cooperation with the Support Trust to explore the treatment of the RP disease so as to blindness can be eliminated and proper care and treatment can be provided to the people suffering.
Former Member of National Assembly Kishwer Zehra, speaking on this occasion said: “Support Trust is involved in the welfare work of extending help to needy people in all possible means, it considers special people should be provided representation in the assemblies so that they can raise their voice in assembles and fight themselves to solve their problems to get all possible cooperation of the authorities”.
Akram Lodhi, Dr. Shamoon, Mohtarma Ayesha Baber and Dr. Haris also spoke.