Bhubaneswar, July 3: With an ideology to extend medical care to treatable and curable blind persons, Odisha is now in the process of developing a universal eye care programme by setting up institutional mechanisms for screening and free treatment.
Addressing the event, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stressed that the priority will be on the use of technology to register all individuals having eye problems with the help of a health web portal so that they can be issued eye health cards for further follow-up action.
The event was organised by a non-profit organisation ‘Drushti Daan’ for creating awareness on cornea donation. CM greeted the initiative taken by Drushti Daan for setting up an eye bank and promoting eye donation across the State.
Naveen Informed, ‘’While only 10 corneas were being collected annually before 2007, now the collection has reached 1,300 per year”.
Odisha Chief Minister said, “The state government would be providing a free of cost treatment to those students who are detected with eye problems”. He further added that this year, more than one lakh spectacles will be distributed amongst the students with refractive errors.
So far, Drushti Daan has completed achievement of collecting 5,000 corneas and annual retrieval of more than 1,000 corneas.