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An eye-specialist by training and a campaigner against blindness by choice, Dr. Abdul Moiz Shams is an Aligarian and a true follower of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. In an age when the medical profession has become highly commercialized and doctors have generally become money-minting machines, he has been providing free eye care to those with little or no means. He has established Modern Eye Care Centre Aligarh (MECCA), a mini hospital meant for free treatment of destitutes, specially those from slums and villages. Since 2008, he has been holding weekly eye camps. So far, he  has organized more than 200 camps in Aligarh and has treated 12,000 patients with over 1,000 eye surgeries. This year on Sir Syed Day,  he organised mega eye camp at his MECCA on October 16th.
Fighting blindness is his passion. “I cannot explain the joy of seeing someone getting back his sight when I perform surgery. My joy becomes even greater if the patient is poor and helpless”. Dr. Abdul Moiz has been a campaigner all through his life. Before settling down in Aligarh in 2008, he was in Makkah, working as a consultant eye specialist in a government hospital. While in Saudi Arabia, he had associated himself with an Alkhobar-based NGO and visited countries of Africa and Asia to offer his services. Each year he would pledge one month to the NGO and visit places like Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Gambia, Maldives and Nepal. He may be contacted at moizshams@yahoo.com. (Excerpted from a report by Shaheen Nazar) 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2016 on page no. 12

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