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Sunday, August 15, 2021

"Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ - SYMA enters 45 - conducts Cataract Eye Camp

I love My Nation – Mera Bharat Mahan hai ! .. ..  Today WE are celebrating the 75th   INDEPENDENCE DAY of the Nation ~ the great day of 15th August when BHARAT was liberated from foreign rule.  Celebrating Bharat's Independence Day : "‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ -  and at Triplicane SYMA organized – hoisting of National flag and Cataract Eye screening camp.

Srinivas Youngmen’s Association has been doing service to the society ever since 1977.  Their services spread to various lines such as civic welfare, medicine, health, environment, education, personality development more.  The medical services and laboratory which remained closed during Covid 19 are open to public now.  Our Educational service (free tuition centre) is yet to function in this educational year.  Today is a special day for SYMA too – the association  started with cleaning Thiruvallikkeni thirukulam ‘Kairavini pushkarini’ and it was on 14.8.1977 that SYMA was formally inaugurated by the then Honble Minister for Social welfare Ms PT Saraswathi, Sri N Krishnaswamy Reddiyar beign the Chief Guest.   SYMA has marched a long way since ! – entering its 45th year.

                     Of our many services, Medical services and Education services are our prime activities.  On Independence Day of the Nation, We have been conducting ‘Cataract screening  Eye camp’  for more than 20 years now.  The camp is always conducted by Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal.  This year after an year break due to Covid 19, -  National flag was hoisted at our new premises at 37 Car Street, by Mr M Muthukumar, Frontline staff, Pammal Sankara Eye Hospital and Sri NKT Jayagopal ji - Sathyananda Yoga Centre inaugurated the new website of SYMA and blood donor app.

After hoisting of National flag, saluting the Flag, National anthem, distribution of chocolates, the new look website developed by Creative Chandru and an App acting as bridge for those requiring blood and the donors of SYMA was inaugurated by Shri NKT Jayagopal Ji.

Sri Sankara Health Centre was established in 1984 and started as an outpatient clinic. The hospital grew in stature  and by 1997   this hospital was converted into an exclusive ophthalmic hospital to provide comprehensive high quality eye care especially to the rural poor in the districts of Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Chennai and Chittoor (AP). Community Ophthalmology became the first services of this hospital  A milestone in Cataract surgeries was reached  with performance of  100,000th  surgery in 2007.  Over the years lakhs of poor people have benefitted by their free cataract eye surgery and other ophthalmic services.  The Hospital with noble aim has been screening lakhs of school children for refractive errors too. 

Yoga is good for Health and Mind.  Satyananda Yoga Centre – Triplicane, is doing a great service.  Mr NKT Muthu was too well known as ‘Vizha vendhar’ for his role in ‘natakam stage’ and was a very active philanthropist.  His son, known to all of us in younger days simply as Jeyagopal has blossomed as a Yoga Instructor, philanthropist, a great human being -   is ‘Sanyasi Shivarishi’ now. He is a disciple of Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati. He has been changing the lives of many with his kind noble services.

SYMA is very happy in being associated with Pammal Sankara Eye Hospital and Shiva Rishi NKT Jayagopal.

A cataract is an eye disease in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, causing a decrease in vision. The lens focuses light onto the back of the eye (the retina) so images appear clear and without distortion. The clouding of this lens during cataract formation distorts vision. Cataracts are usually a very gradual process of normal aging but can occasionally develop rapidly.  Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called "crystalline lens") that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract.  

Today at the camp of SYMA – close to 200 people were screened – 21requiring cataract surgery.  Those requiring cataract surgery would be taken to Pammal Sankara Hospital, would undergo cataract surgery tomorrow and would return day after [the treatment, food, medicines would be provided free].  For those identified as requiring spectacles, SYMA would be providing free specs on 25th Aug 2021.

Today at flag hoisting and our Camp, besides the present office bearers, our founder members, past Presidents and many volunteers were present.  We sincerely thank Pammal Sankara Eye Hospital, Sri NKT Muthu, Mr Chandrasekhar of Creative desk (for the website and blood donor app) – and word of appreciation involved in the camp and developing  App – Mr Kasthuri, SRP, TJ Ramani, R Sanjeevi, Mrs Jayasudha Sanjeevi, Aravind, Mrs Saranya Aravind and volunteers – Venkatesh, VP Manivanna, Mr Vasu, Venkatramana,  R Narasimhan, Mrs Shobhana Narasimhan, Mrs Uthra Sarang, R Kannan and others for their active involvement.

SYMA in service to the poor – with your support and help, we have grown over the years.  We thank  all our donors and well wishers and look forward to your continued support.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
Secretary SYMA
15th Aug 2021. 

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