Dr. Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan inaugurated first Eye Bank of Pakistan of International Standards at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi on 8th May, 2019. Al-Shifa Eye Bank which is first of its kind in the entire country has been established in collaboration with Ever Sight Eye Bank USA whose representatives Mr. Collin Mark Ross, Vice President Ever Sight and Mr. Eric Heiller, Director Global Development were also present at the event.
President, Dr. Arif Alvi lauded the efforts of Al-Shifa Trust for establishing services which are currently not being offered anywhere else in the country. Dr. Alvi also expressed concern towards the fact that presently, there is no method of preservation of Corneas in Pakistan and how the people are still reluctant towards eye donation.
President of Al-Shifa Trust while addressing the audience stated that 250,000 people in Pakistan are suffering from Corneal Eye diseases. He also stated that 2000 corneal transplants are conducted in Pakistan annually out of which more than 800 corneal transplants are conducted at Al-Shifa Trust alone which is the largest number anywhere under one roof.