Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Universal Eye Health Programme on the occasion of World Sight Day. Odisha is the first state in India to launch such an initiative with 100% funding from its own resources. ₹600 crores will be spent on ensuring comprehensive eye care to people by developing infrastructure and facilitating advanced medical services.
Highlights of his speech:
• Over 80% of people with vision problems can be cured with proven and cost effective interventions
• Vision Centres with latest equipment to be set up at CHCs to PHC and sub centre level
• All cataract patients will be ensured free surgery and post-surgical aids
• Corneal transplant surgeries will be completely free
• Massive screening programme for Diabetes Retinopathy and other serious eye problems
• School level screening for refractive errors in children, provisioning of free glasses
Chief Minister launched a web-based Information Monitoring System that will enhance monitoring and effective implementation of UHEP. He called upon NGOs, eye hospitals and organisations to partner with UEHP to make it a great success.