Major eye screening programme to be held in Telangana

Vishwas News

Hyderabad, April 9:"Before the launch of the programme, an awareness campaign should be taken up to impress upon the people the need for eye test. MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other elected representatives should lend a helping hand in spreading awareness about the programme, cutting across the length and breadth of the State," he said, during a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan.
Stating that the programme should be planned properly with an action plan in place, the Chief Minister said: "The first move should be to find out how many eye camps need to be conducted in the State, and the number of tests one medical team can conduct in a day. Based on this, the number of medical teams required for each village, based on population figures, can be calculated."
Free spectacles
Chandrashekhar Rao said eye screening in every village should be completed in a single day. "Medical teams should work for five day a week and take off on Saturdays and Sundays. The government should arrange for the medical teams' stay and food in the villages. Keep all the required instruments ready for the eye tests," he said, pointing out that there were about 900 medical teams available all over the State. He also asked the officials to enlist the services of eye specialists from neighbouring States too. "Once the screening is completed, spectacles should be provided free of cost to the needy. Give the required medicines also free of cost. Refer patients who require surgeries to government as well as private hospitals," he said.
Pointing out that a lot of people were suffering with eye ailments, the Chief Minister said they were shying away from medical treatment because of lack of awareness. "They are also not in a position to go for eye tests, and continue to lead their lives with eye problems. We have to create awareness among such people, and wide publicity should be given to the free eye camps being conducted by the government," he said, adding that the campaign should be effective enough to bring them to the medical camps.
Call for commitment
Besides public representatives, the Chief Minister said youth, womens' organisations and voluntary organisations should also be made stakeholders in the programme. "Once the people undergo eye tests, they will realise the seriousness of the problem they have. It is the government's responsibility to conduct eye tests for the first time. It is a difficult task to conduct eye test on each and every person in the villages, but I am confident that the officials will complete this task successfully with dedication and commitment," the Chief Minister said.
Medical and Health Minister C Laxma Reddy, Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Advisor G R Reddy, Principal Secretary Shanthi Kumari, Medical and Health Director Vakati Karuna, Medical and Health OSD Gangadhar, Chief Programme Officer Srinivas, NPCB Director Motilal Naik, CEO Gopikanth Reddy and other officials participated in the meeting.
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