Bhubaneswar, 12/10/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched the universal eye health programme on the occasion of World Sight Day.
“Odisha is the first state to in the country to have formulated an Universal Eye Health Programme. Vision centres equipped with appropriate eye care facilities will be established across the state initially at all community health centres (CHCs) and later on at public health centres (PHCs) or even sub centre level to cover the entire population. Requisite trained manpower shall be made available to make this programme a success”, the chief minister said.
The state government is planning to spend over Rs 600 crore from its own source in the next five years to keep people protected from avoidable vision related problems and to provide comprehensive eye care to the persons of all age groups. 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 their vision through corneal transplantation surgeries free of cost. Massive screening programme will be undertaken to detect Diabetes Retinopathy and other serious eye problems and the 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”, he added.