VRSI Favors Eye Care

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that the State Government has resolved to reduce all barriers to existing health issues in the State and ensure eye health for all by 2022.

Speaking at the conference of Vitreo Retinal Society of India at Hotel Mayfair here today, the Chief Minister said, “We have launched a Universal Eye Health Program in the State on World Sight Day on October 12 this year.  Odisha, in fact, is the first State in the country to launch such a novel initiative”.
Dr.S T Muralidhar, Chairman Organizing Committee and Dr.Santosh Kumar Mohapatra Organizing Secretary and others were present.
Mr.Patnaik said with a funding of Rs 600 crore by the State Government, the program will provide comprehensive, accessible and affordable eye-care to newborn, students, young and elderly people.
All cataract patients, contributing about 80 percent of our blindness burden, will get free operation and appropriate glasses.
All the backlog cataract operations will be cleared in next three years. Besides, 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.
People suffering from near vision deficiencies will also be supplied spectacles free of cost, he stated.
The Chief Minister drew the attention of Retinologists to three principal issues related to retinal impairments—treatment for diabetic retinopathy, myopia and other eye problems for children and specialised care of Retinal diseases in pre-mature newborn babies.
He said the Retinologists should focus on these areas of eye health care.
“My Government’s vision is to ensure at least one eye check up annually for every individual.   Basic and primary eye-care must reach the door-step of people and availability of advanced eye-care provisions in the State”, Mr.Patnaik said. 

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