Vision Care Gets Mobility

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has flagged off 10 mobile vision care centers for 10 districts at the State Secretariat.

A total number of 53 permanent vision-care centers in 18 districts have started work under the government’s ‘Sunetra’ scheme on an experimental basis besides the mobile centers inaugurated today, official sources said.

Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pramod Kumar Meherda and other senior officials were present.

It is noteworthy that Odisha stakes the claim to be the first State in the country committed to eradicate blindness within the stipulated timeframe in accordance with the resolution adopted by the WHO and the IAPP, the sources added.

Accordingly, the sources pointed out that under the ‘Sunetra’ scheme the government is laying stress on universal vision health programme and trying to reach out to all across the State.

The scheme, they said, envisages qualitative eye treatment and free supply of glasses to the patients in addition to free cataract operation, eye examination at community level, treatment of retinopathy caused due to diabetes and free treatment of all other serious types of eye diseases.

They added that 53 vision centres with modern instruments have started working in 18 districts. The mobile vision centres that were flagged off today will start work soon.

“In order to digitalise the universal vision health program, steps are underway to create web portals, introduce mobile apps besides providing for electronic medical reports,” the sources indicated.   


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