Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Universal Eye Health Programme to keep people protected from avoidable vision related problems, and to provide comprehensive eye care to the persons of all age groups.
Patnaik claimed Odisha is the first State in the country to have formulated a Universal Eye Health Programme and said that the State Government is planning to spend over Rs 600 crore from its own sources in the next five years for this programme.
“Vision Centres equipped with appropriate eye-care facilities will be established across the State initially at all CHCs and later on at PHC or even Sub Centre level to cover the entire population. Requisite trained manpower shall be made available to make this programme a success,” said the CM said while participating in the State-level function for Observance of World Sight Day-2017. Make Vision Count is the theme for teh day this year.
“I am told that over 285 million people across the globe are either blind or visually impaired. And over 80 percent of these people could be cured with proven and cost-effective interventions. This is really very unfortunate. Despite having the solutions, avoidable vision loss prevails,” said Patnaik.

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