Govindappa Venkataswamy, eminent ophthalmologist and founder of Aravind Eye Hospitals was honoured on Monday by Google on his birth anniversary. The doodle is visible in India, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. V is the recipient of Padma Shri Padma Shri in 1973 and BC Roy Award in 2001 for his vast contribution to the nation, most mention-worthy being the introduction of low-cost cataract surgery and ‘Aravind Model’ of free cataract treatment to the poor.
Started in a rented house with 11 beds in Madurai in 1976, Aravind Eye Care today is a global name. It has over 57 centres comprising 5 tertiary care centres, 5 secondary care centres, 6 outpatient centres and 41 vision centres across India. His aim was to eradicate the disease that he called ‘needless blindness’.
He was born on October 1, 1918, in Vadamalapuram village which is Virudunagar district of Tamil Nadu today. He is a graduate from Stanley Medical College in Chennai and a physician of the Indian Army. His retirement from the army was quite early as he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis that permanently twisted his fingers.
He took up Ophthalmology and became head of the department in Government Madurai Medical College. According to Google blog post, “He set up eye camps in rural communities, a rehab centre for blind people, a training programme for ophthalmic assistants, and personally performing over 100,000 successful eye surgeries.”
Brainfeed wishes a very happy birthday to the man who had the welfare of society in his minds all the time.