Govt starts discussion on reducing blindness

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 13, 2014-

The government has started preparations to devise an action plan in order to reduce avoidable blindness in the country by 25 percent by 2019.

A two-day workshop starting Friday was held in the Capital to discuss the matter. The programme was attended by 55 delegates, including representatives from the Health and Population Ministry, Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, BP Koirala Lions Centre of Ophthalmic Study, eye hospitals, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, INGOs and other stakeholders involved in the eye care services in the country.

According to Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, visual impairment of 4 out of 5 people in the country is avoidable. Meanwhile, researches show that every dollar spent on eye health has a two-fold return on investment in developing countries, home to 90 percent of all visually impaired people.

Current estimates put the number of people living with significant visual impairment at 285 million, 39 million of whom are blind.

The World Health Organisation in May 20013 launched a global action plan for the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment focusing on delivering universal eye health over the next five years. The action plan urges member countries to bring the rate of blindness and visual impairment down by 25 percent by 2019.

Published: 14-12-2014 09:19

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