All of these businesses depend on the monsoon for a productive year. If the rain is scarce, the crops do poorly and there is less money to be spent, thus the society shudders to a standstill, to face the harsh summer before again awaiting monsoon downpours. When the monsoon rains arrive, they come in force, and the landscape goes from bleak to lush in a matter of hours. The prevalence of agriculture and seed producers such as Mahyco and Nath Seeds in this part of the country are representative of the richness of the soil and the diversity of its flora and fauna.
In this wonderfully fertile and diverse area, the virtual breadbasket of India, Dekhon seeks to address the ever-present issues of cataract, refractive error and eye infection. Agriculture is a dangerous practice for the eye, as farmers are constantly exposed to insecticides, pesticides and a variety of irritants from the soil and the dusty air. This makes the need for eye-care in rural Maharashtra especially pressing.
Dekhon's base of operations is the already established eye hospital Shri Ganapati Netralaya in Jalna, Maharashtra. Jalna is located approximately 50 km East of the city of Aurangabad, where there are already many practitioners to treat eye-issues caused by the city's many industries. From Jalna, Dekhon seeks to spread its reach to the high priority (especially under-treated) East and South East, before reaching out to other parts of the state.
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