Odisha Govt Launches Universal Eye Care Program

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Universal Eye Health Programme, a first-of-its-kind health programme which aims at providing comprehensive, accessible, affordable and equitable eye care to people of all age groups, to mark World Sight Day here on Thursday.

The state government has planned to spend Rs 600 crore in five years on the programms, which envisaged complete eradication of cataract from Odisha by 2022.

The CM also launched a web-based information monitoring system that will help establish linkages with all private and empanelled eye hospitals with the government.

The Chief Minister also launched a web portal to bring the initiatives closer to people. The portal will help people with eye problem register themselves and get the information of availability of free treatment provided by the Government. He also released UEHP activity booklet, Asha kit and school comic books on eye health.

Among others, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Health Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda, UEHP Chairman Dr TP Das, CEO of Vision 2020 Phanindra Babu Nukella and Director of Health Services Dr. BK Brahma were present on the occassion.