Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-03-08 19:41 Bengaluru: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Narayana Nethralaya, in association with the Eye Bank Association of India and Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank, Rajajinagar, organised a workshop on Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme. Doctors, administrators, nurses, NGOs etc. from various hospitals across Bangalore participated in the workshop. MK Krishna, Chairperson of South Zone, Eye Bank Association of India, said efforts were underway to create awareness on the importance of eye donations. "There are approximately 250 deaths per day in Bangalore. Twenty-five to 40 cases could be hospital deaths. Even if we can procure 10�f eyes from such deaths in hospitals, we will be collecting an approximate of 100 to 150 eyes per year which could make a big difference," he said. Dr Bhujang Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya, said, “To encourage eye donations and to get more eyes for the less fortunate who have been waiting to see the world, Narayana Nethralaya is announcing an annual award to that hospital which collects the most number of eyes during the year. This award will be given in the name of Harish Nanjappa as a tribute for having inspired the world by showing humanity even in those dying moments of his life. Harish recently donated his eyes after he met with a gory accident where his body was split into two. We also take this opportunity to award the Ambulance driver Manjunath Yadav who single handedly took Harish to a nearby hospital in his ambulance and did his duty with utmost sincerity. Harish’s incident has inspired many young hearts to come forward and pledge their eyes. However this initiative will take time to bear fruit and convert into active donations,” he said. Kannada cine actress Shruti, who was a part of the event, said that she was proud to be a part of such a noble cause. She and her family pledged their eyes on the occasion of her 25th year in the film industry. The occasion also saw 380 women staff of Narayana Nethralaya Hospitals pledge their eyes.