With the help of Dutch donors and organizations, a complete and well-equipped eye hospital opened in 2009. The Mechi Eye hospital is well known for its primary eye care and the “outreach programs”. The eye hospital service extends further than the Mechi zone of Nepal where 1.25 million people live. The hospital also provides ophthalmic care to the Indian population in the neighbouring Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Bihar, where a total of 201 million people resides.
Mechi Eye hospital regularly organises Eye camps. In a central location in the remote, mountainous areas they perform surgical procedures in the eye camps. Here, they operate on as many patients as possible in a short time. During the diagnosis camps, patients are only examined and brought for surgery to the hospital at a later date, if necessary.
Dr. Koen van Overdam, vitreoretinal surgeon at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, was invited by the Mechi Eye Hospital to teach and perform vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Purushottam Joshi, ophthalmologist and medical director of the Mechi Eye Hospital, was taught vitreoretinal surgery by Dr. Van Overdam and continued to perform high quality vitreoretinal surgery in Mechi and to pass on the knowledge and skills to others.