Bhubaneswar:12/10/17: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched a free Universal Eye Care programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which aims at minimizing the number of people with curable vision impairment in the state on the occasion of World Sight Day.
Addressing the programme, Naveen said the initiative would go a long way in controlling curable blindness and added that an institutional mechanism has been made for screening and providing free treatment to all people with curable eye problems.
“Odisha is the first state in the country to have launched such a programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which will be borne by the State Government in the next five years”, said Naveen.
The State Government will establish vision centres equipped with improvised eye care facilities initially at all the Community Health Centres (CHCs) and later on at Public Health Centres (PHCs) or even at sub-centre level to cover the entire population in the state.
Requisite trained manpower would be made available to make this programme a success, Naveen said.
All cataract cases would get free operation facility and appropriate glasses, Patnaik said, adding that maximum number of people suffering from corneal blindness would regain vision through corneal transplant surgeries free of cost.