“The objectives and aim behind the program is identification and treatment of blindness, develop comprehensive eye care facilities at each level like PHCs, CHCs, district hospitals, Medical Colleges and Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology, develop human resources for providing Eye Care Services, to improve quality of service delivery and enhance community awareness on eye care,” they said. The number of surgeries required to clear a backlog of Blindness due to cataract is 49 lakhs and the number of surgeries required to clear a backlog of severe visual impairment due to cataracts is 53.63 lakhs.
Shalini Bhardwaj contributed to this article. According to reports on Monday, the central government plans to launch a special effort over the next three years to erase the backlog in cataract and severe vision impairment surgeries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign will begin on June 1, 2022, and the surgeries will cost Rs 2.70 crore over three years. The campaign’s initial goal is to reduce the prevalence of blindness from 1.4 percent in 2010 to 0.25 percent by 2025.
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However, the number of surgeries required to clear the backlog from blindness and severe visual impairment is approximately 1.03 crores. “The total number of cataract surgeries being performed under National program for control of blindness and visual impairment, in 2017-2018 is 64 lakhs; in 2018-2019 is 66 lakhs and 2019-2021 is 64 lakhs,” as per the official data. The number of cataract surgeries in 2020-2021 reduced to 36 lakhs during COVID and 57 lakhs in 2021-2022.
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