Patna will soon have a super-specialty eye hospital. It will be an autonomous body and will have a separate cadre for doctors. Till its own building comes up in the phase-wise manner it will function at the existing Rajendaranagar Hospital in Patna. The chief minister, Nitish Kumar, gave a green signal to this proposed hospital. He also instructed the health secretary to post six doctors on an immediate basis. He instructed the officers to make a unique composite structure for the super specialty eye hospital. To train the doctors it will have a tie-up with reputed national and international eye hospitals. Some of the eye-specialists from the state, who are working abroad, are also keen to return. A meeting in this regard was held on Sunday with chief minister, Nitish Kumar, in the chair. Dr Rajvardhan Azad, Chief of Retinal Services, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, who is involved in the project, had earlier held two meetings with the utive director of the State Health Society, Bihar. The chief minister reviewed the work on this proposed hospital with the advisor of the super-specialty hospital, Dr Azad, health minister, Nand Kishore Yadav, health secretary, Dipak Kumar, the utive director of the state Health Society, Uday Singh Kumawat. Later in the day while addressing a meeting at A B Eye Institute, Bahadurpur, Dr Azad, who is also the President-elect of the All India Opthalmic Society, said that children born to mothers within 28 weeks and weighing less than 1.5 kilo are susceptible to blindness because their retina did not develop fully. He advised the expectant mothers to have vitamin-rich diet. Incidentally Dr Azad, who is originally from Bihar, had a very hectic day on Sunday. In the morning he performed cataract operation of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, then flew to Patna for having a meeting at the CM’s office and then attended the function in the A B Hospital.