Durdans Hospital upon being approached by the Sri Lanka Welfare Society of the Blind requesting donations in commemoration of International White Cane Day. White Canes act as a method for individuals with varying degrees of blindness to navigate the world. Those who have the privilege of eyesight may fail to understand the importance of this piece of equipment. White canes are often compared to a pair of eyes for the blind; it is also a means of maintaining a sense of self-independence while not compromising their safety when performing daily tasks like travelling.
The first part of this CSR initiative involved donating 50 white canes to the Welfare society. It is important to note that the white canes were purchased from a small business which acts as a source of employment for multiple blind individuals in its local area. The owner of the business herself is also visually impaired. Members of the Durdans Business Development team travelled to Seeduwa to donate the white canes to members of the society.
The second phase of the project was a free medical camp conducted on October 29th 2022, which was in light of International White Cane Day which is celebrated on the 15th of October. Both medical and nonmedical Durdans Team members attended the event. All of the 300 attendees of the event were able to get a physical examination which included BMI, Blood sugar and Blood Pressure Tests. Medical Officers prescribed medication and advised patients on how to manage common conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension.
We at Durdans Hospital are honoured and thankful for the opportunity to be of service to the community and ensure that high-quality healthcare is accessible to all.