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Dantewada Collector assures to send visually impaired man to Raipur for checkup, treatment

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Dantewada Collector Topeshwar Verma has stepped forward to help the 27-year-old visually impaired man Santosh and has decided to send him to Raipur for a checkup and treatment.

Born partially visually impaired, a 27-year-old Chhattisgarh-based man, Santosh lost his complete eyesight due to the carelessness of his school officials. He helps his father in daily work and is currently looking for a government job to earn a livelihood for his family.

Santosh could see with one eye when he was born. The school officials provided him with treatment due to which he lost his other eye too.

"There are many schemes by state and central government to provide aid to differently-abled persons. I will also ask the district authorities to help him. We will send him to Raipur for a checkup and will get him treated if there is a chance to restore his eyesight," said Verma.

Speaking to ANI, Santosh said, "I help my father in whatever ways I can. I am visually impaired since birth but I could see from one eye. In 2008, my school officials took the visually impaired people to Raipur for the treatment. The doctors without preparing for the treatment initiated the process and in that way, I lost my other eye too."

He continued, "There I was even told that it would be better if I go the Chennai for the treatment. My father and I told the teachers multiple times to take us to Chennai for the treatment but do body was ready to listen to us."

Expressing his pain over the situation, Santosh said, "Now I feel that I am the biggest burden on my family. Since the Raipur operation, no help has been given to us. It's difficult for us to live like this. Nowadays, everything has become so expensive that it is tough for my family to afford it. I just want a government job if my eyesight cannot be fixed."

Santosh claimed that due to the carelessness of the school staff he will never be able to see the world.

"Due to the carelessness of the officials, I lost my other eye too. Had they been little aware and conscious I could have been a help on my father."

"He was given some drop on the other eye and due to that, he lost the other eye too. We just a government job for him and to get his eyesight fixed," said Santosh's father Uma Shankar.

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First Published: Wed, December 04 2019. 11:27 IST