Kathmandu, January 26, 2018: Dr.Sanduk Ruit, Nepal’s reputed and senior ophthalmologist, has been awarded the Padma Shri Award in the field of Medicine. Padma Shri is one of the fourth eminent civilian award bestowed upon by the government of India.
From a nomination of 15,700 people, Dr.Ruit was chosen to be awarded on the occasion of 69th Independence Day of India. The Indian government has presented the award to Dr.Ruit for his immense humane in the field of cataract surgery. He has been introduced as, “game changer in restoring the vision of the poor, through low-cost cataract surgery.”
An official statement released by the Press Information Bureau of India asserted, “Dr Ruit, whose innovation in the 1980s led to a 90 percent reduction in the cost of cataract eye surgery, provides low-cost cataract surgery lenses to over thirty countries. Treating 2,500 patients every week, fees are waived off for those who cannot afford and in over 30 years has restored the eyesight of 10,000 people across Asia and Africa.”
Previously, Dr.Ruit was bestowed upon with Roman Magsaysay Award in 2006. The CEO of Tilganga Eye Hospital, Dr. Ruit makes it to the rural areas of Nepal himself in order to help the poor and blind people.
Last year, Anuradha Koirala, social activist and founder of Maiti Nepal had been awarded with the Padma Shree by the government of India.