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Odisha becomes first State to have Universal Eye Health Programme

Bhubaneswar, October 12, 2017: Odisha has become the first State in the country to have formulated a Universal Eye Health Programme to keep people protected from avoidable vision related problems, and to provide comprehensive eye care to the persons of all age groups.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the programme here at a State-level function for Observance of World Sight Day-2017.

“The State Government is planning to spend over Rs 600 crore from its own sources in the next five years for this programme,” announced the Chief Minister.

“Make Vision Count- is an appropriate theme to observe this day. Vision Centres equipped with appropriate eye-care facilities will be established across the State initially at all CHCs and later on at PHC or even Sub-Centre level to cover the entire population. Requisite trained manpower shall be made available to make this programme a success,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik said all cataract cases in Odisha, which constitutes 80 percent burden of blindness, will get free operation facility and appropriate glasses.

Maximum number of corneal blind people will get back their vision through corneal transplantation surgeries free of cost, said Patnaik.

“Massive screening programme will be undertaken to detect Diabetes Retinopathy, and other serious eye problems and patients will be provided free treatment at Government hospitals. All school students will be screened for refractory error and other eye problems and will be supplied spectacles free of cost in the school itself,” added Patnaik.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena, department Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda was present.

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