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On August 1, 2015, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) conducted an eye screening camp and awareness camp for new mothers in Kallyanpur, Dhaka. The legendary Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin inaugurated the camps as DCI’s chief guest. Prof. A.K Azad Khan (President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh), Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid (Chief Coordinator, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh), Tasik Ahmed, (Vice President, ATN Bangla), Dr. Nina Hoque (Director, DCI), and Salma Qadir (Chief Executive Officer, Rights & Sight for Children) also attended the event as guests of honor.
Several doctors, DCI team members, and representatives from the media were present. While eye patients were screened in one wing of the clinic, child specialist Dr. Al-Amin Mridah met with pregnant women and new mothers from the slum and gave lectures about healthy pregnancy and proper infant care.
At the inauguration ceremony, Sabina Yasmin received a warm welcome from the children of DCI’s Sun Child Home Orphanage. She then observed the activities of the eye camp and natal camp, and also visited the local DCI-supported preschool for underprivileged children. She was then taken for a short trip around the community of Porabari Slum and spoke to many slum residents with the other guests. Sabina Yasmin thanked all of DCI’s staff and particularly Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Hoque for their contributions and tireless support to the underprivileged people of Bangladesh. She expressed her desire to continue supporting DCI in every possible way in the future.
At the eye camp, doctors screened 247 patients. 87 patients received eyeglasses, 37 cataract patients were identified and scheduled for surgery, and 70 patients were provided medicine. Over 100 mothers attended the awareness camp and received instruction.
DCI thanks Sabina Yasmin and all of the other guests for their help in making this event such a great success!