17 kids suffer from blindness in single village


As many as 17 kids are suffering from inherited blindness and there seems nobody to help the affected poor boys and girls. They belong to village Shah Yaro near Akil which is located in the limits of union council Agani, near Larkana.

The village is located in the katcha (riverine) area and the poor cannot afford to bring their children to major teaching hospitals for proper treatment and management.

The affected children include 7-years Ghulam Khatoon Malah, 14-years Masood Ahmed, 6-years Awais, 4-years Sunny, 12-years Shahmir, 6-years Amreena, 12-years Zawar, 14-years Fida Hussain, 10-years Qadeer, 8-years Anjla, 6-years Rashida, 7-months Rashid Ali, 13-years Anam, 21-years Jamila and 8-years Sona. Masood is 8th class student, Shahmir is studying in primary class one, Qadeer is in class three and Anjla is class two and all are studying in special education center established in Larkana.

Many of the affected villagers, mostly belonging to Malah community, have shifted to Thari Mir Wah (Khairpur district) to save their children but they said that there were even more children in their village who were also suffering from blindness which had broken their backbone because they were extremely worried about the future of their kids.

One Altaf Hussain Samo brought them in Larkana at Leprosy Center on Saturday which was running Triple Merger Programme with the assistance of Marry Adelaide Leprosy Center of Karachi for treatment of TB, Leprosy & Eye problems. Shabir Malah and Yasin Kori, whose kids are also suffering from blindness, told media on the occasion that they went to specialist doctors in Larkana who told them that they were unable to do anything to bring back the eye sight of their sons and daughters.

They said their children wanted to study but they could not afford to bear transportation and other expenses. They urged the Sindh government and other philanthropists to help them in obtaining eye donations from relevant countries so that these minor young boys and girls may be able to pass their lives comfortably.