During the last one year KSOS has progressed from being just an academic group to a wholesome organization. To improve the standard of eye care in Kerala, a KSOS Hospital Committee was constituted. KSOS hospital committee did a cost analysis and recommended the minimum rates for consultation fees, procedures and surgeries. Based on the recommendations of the committee KSOS has come out with guidelines for recommending minimum rates and standard of care for ophthalmic practice in Kerala.
KSOS also held active discussions with IMA, AIOS and other agencies on the rates for ophthalmic Surgeries and procedures in RSBY and Ayushman Schemes.
KSOS and District Ophthalmic Clubs were actively involved in relief activities during the flood that ravaged Kerala in the year 2018. KSOS donated more than Rs 50 lakh to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. KSOS received generous contribution from Ophthalmologists from all over India for this. KSOS also conducted 38 free eye camps statewide in flood affected areas.
Low vision project is another big step by KSOS in community care and engagement. The Low Vision Project of KSOS was inaugurated by the Honorable Member of Parliament and former Health Minister, Government of Kerala, Mrs P.K.Sreemathi, on 24th November 2018 during Drishti 2018,the Annual conference of KSOS.
KSOS conducted the first ever Kerala State Inter zonal Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged in November 2018. KSOS also organized a blind walk for the first time.
The 45th Annual Conference of Kerala Society of Ophthalmic surgeons, Drishti 2018,was held on 23rd, 24th and 25th of November 2018 at Kairali Resorts, Kannur. The conference was extremely well organized and according to a few very senior Ophthalmologists, it was the best annual conference that they have attended in the past 35 years. I wish to congratulate ophthalmologists of Kannur, Kozhikode and Kasargod for the grand success of the conference.
KSOS now has a permanent office with the registration of the office in IMA house, Kochi executed in the name of KSOS and COC.
I am extremely thankful to Dr Radharamanan for the total support he extended to me in all my activities as the KSOS General Secretary during the last one year. Dr S.Sasikumar has taken over as the president of KSOS. I am looking forward to working with the meticulous Dr S Sasikumar as my President