State Gov aims to reduce 25 percent curable blindness by 2022


Bhubaneswar: In order to develop a roadmap to achieve the target of more than 25 per cent reduction in curable blindness by 2022, Odisha government has formed an empowered committee led by LV Prasad Eye Institute’s Dr Tara Prasad Das as Chairman.

The committee will have 16-member and recommend standards to implement, monitor and provide oversight for seamless implementation of universal eye care programme.

Under the programme announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, the state government has set a target to achieve 25 per cent reduction in treatable/curable blindness by 2022, a notification issued by the health and family welfare department said.

The committee, which would work for a period of five years, would provide guidance on operationalising the Universal Eye Care goals trough building a cadre of skilled medical and paramedical workforce and formulate plans to integrate eye care services with the primary and secondary care and strengthen referral to higher level.

Besides, it would establish systems for routine screening, diagnosis and managing pre-disease conditions and advocate and design strengthening of eye care in health insurance/assurance programmes.



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