Those who know me well know that I tread my own path. This Presidency is not about me but about you all. I will diverge from the customary ode of thanks giving and auto biographic recital and share with you what TNOA has planned for you for this term.
Let there be LIGHT
This is not just a slogan. This theme or motto is backed by discussed, detailed action plan.
L Lending helping hand to the society
I Institute efforts to avoid preventable blindness
G Genuine and compassionate service
H Honour and dignity to our profession
T Transfer of Knowledge & skill to our successors
1. Lending a helping hand to the society
We, ophthalmologists are today in a privileged position, gifted with the art of healing and blessed with the capacity to support our families.
It is therefore imperative for us to remain connected and committed to our society through community service.
As medical students, it was those underprivileged who provided us their bodies to learn the skills for examination, diagnosis, therapy and surgery. It is our practice on those poor patients that helped us hone our talent. Today we are experienced surgeons, established practitioners. It is now time to give back our best to this society, to the have not.
I appeal to each and every practicing member of TNOA to dedicate at least one hour a day or one hour a week or one day a month which ever pattern is suitable to you, dedicate this time to render free consultation service to the needy patients.
Institutes and Charity hospitals are already providing free service; I am appealing to the private practitioners such as you in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to adopt this program and allocate a fixed time to serve the community free of charge.
Start from now. Invest in building your SOCIAL CAPITAL like how you build your finance capital. You will find that the benefits that flow from these intangible investments will multiply your material returns times over.
What better tribute can we pay to the Doyen of Compassionate Care Dr. G.Venkataswamy on his centennial year? TNOA will be celebrating the event in a befitting manner.
Your participation in this project will be recognised by a certificate from VISION 2020 India.
2. Institute efforts to avoid preventable blindness
The next assignment I have taken up as your President is to institute efforts to avoid preventable blindness.
Every caring doctor is convinced that only through patient education and counseling we can diagnose diseases early and only with their understanding and cooperation we can achieve success in our treatment.
So how is TNOA going to raise awareness and educate our patients?
TNOA will bring out brochures in Tamil about diseases and treatment modalities. These brochures will be made available to all TNOA members in Tamil Nadu to be distributed to their patients. These handouts are designed to help the consultants in their effort to build a strong treatment alliance with their patients.
The standardized information contained in these brochures will be prepared by TNOA team constituted for this purpose.
Public education videos in Tamil on common eye ailments are being prepared and will be available for members to download and broadcast in their waiting halls. Instead of relaying cinema and entertainment in the waiting area it would be helpful to enhance public knowledge through proper video illustrations.
3. Genuine and compassionate service
Our paramedics and hospital staff form the critical element in contributing to what the patients experience when they approach our centers. They are the FACE of the organisation.
Periodic training and evaluation of our support staff in compassionate care and assessing patient needs has been planned. Programmes will be conducted in the districts with the participation of staff of all ophthalmic centers.
4. Honour and dignity to our profession
To enjoy and retain the honour and dignity to our profession, UNITY in approach forms the basic foundation.
“ONE TNOA – ONE VOICE”
It is about believing that what hurts my neighbour also hurts me, that when I need a neighbour I have no right to expect help if I have not first helped others. It is an emotion and a goal, a process and a state of being.
United, we can ensure fairness from traders, protection against abuse, optimum use of resources, and what more- lawful gains and progressive growth.
Please join hands in taking a UNITY PLEDGE which will be brought to you shortly.
Value Addition initiatives
Your Managing Committee has taken up measures to add value to your membership.
The first initiative we have undertaken is to obtain very special discount for TNOA Members from TATA AIG vehicle insurance for renewal of insurance.
5. Transfer of Knowledge & skill to our successors
Certificate courses have been designed to update understanding and enhance preferred practices and standerdise skills among practitioners in Tamil Nadu. These courses will be conducted by TNOA in all districts and a certificate issued on successful completion thereby ensuring uniform upgraded knowledge to all.
Another initiative taken up by your Association is the Video Assisted Skill Transfer (VAST)program. Each month a tutorial video will be posted in our website for download by our members.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu was the cradle for the birth of Ophthalmology in India. The Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Government Ophthalmic Hospital established in the year 1819 is the one of the oldest eye hospital in the world.
Since 200 years Tamil Nadu has nurtured Ophthalmology in the beginning at the Elliot’s School, later as Government Eye Hospital and presently as the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology.
It is indeed a proud privilege for every Alumni of RIO GOH to celebrate the Bicentennial year in a grand manner.
TNOA will coordinate with AIOS, IMA and Optometry Association of India in celebrating this unique distinction by undertaking a program to eradicate blindness due to diabetes.
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, that summerises your TNOA goal for the year
2018-19.As your President Elect I travelled to all the district associations meeting practitioners and learning about your needs and challenges. The culmination of this experience is the formation of these tasks we have together set as our goal.
I am very confident that with your cooperation and support we will achieve most of what we have set out to do.
One last word: THANKS
I am grateful to my family, friends, teachers and well-wishers who are responsible for what I am today and for placing me on this dais before you.