Telangana launches campaign to make 10 districts free of avoidable blindness

The Health Department of Telangana state is working on creating Avoidable Blindness Free Villages in 10 districts of Telangana as a pilot project.

A task force has been set up to work on creating an Avoidable Blindness Free Telangana, which is made up of government officials as well as NGOs.

So far, the Telangana government has been implementing the National Programme for Controlling Blindness (NPCB) by concentrating mainly on cataract operations.

Now the programme will be expanded to work on all aspects of avoiding blindness.

Over 500 village panchayats will be taken up in the year 2017-18 and at the end of one year they would be made Blindness Free Villages.

Scientific surveys have been done by village teams and experts followed by two rounds of eye camps. After screening, people will be taken to hospitals in Secunderabad and Warangal. School children will get spectacles free of cost.

Patients will also be given follow up care. Spectacles will also be given to people for low vision problems.

By 2 October this year, one village in each of Jogulamba Gadwal, Wanaparthy, Nagar Kurnool and Mahbubnagar districts will be declared free of avoidable blindness.

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