Over 8 lakh operations performed under ‘cataract blindness-free Gujarat’ campaign
The state is already ahead of the 2023-24 target with an 81% completion
Updated: Aug 14th, 2023
|Over 8 lakh Cataract Operations in Gujarat (img: IANS)|
Under the ‘Rashtriya Netra Jyoti Abhan’ initiative, Gujarat surpassed its cataract surgery target for 2022-23 by 504%, performing 6,36,428 surgeries against an intended target of 1,26,300.
The state stood first in the country with a rate of 10,000 cataract surgeries per 10 lakh population. The state is ahead of the 2023-24 target with an 81% completion, performing 1,23,975 surgeries.
Gujarat govt’s huge step towards ‘Rashtriya Netra Jyoti Abhiyan’
The ‘Rashtriya Netra Jyoti Abhiyan’ is a three-year campaign of the Government of India, aimed at reducing blindness prevalence to 0.25% by May 2025. Individuals aged 50 and above, who are blind or visually impaired due to cataract, are entitled to free surgeries.
Aligning with this, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel launched the ‘cataract blindness-free Gujarat’ campaign in 2022.
More than eight lakh successful operations have been performed under this campaign, covering all 33 districts and eight municipal corporation areas of the state.
The first of the four-phase campaign included a vision survey for people over 30; followed by registration of visually-impaired patients; patient surgeries; and follow-up action.
Guj Health Department’s all-round efforts
Around 50,000 female ASHA workers were trained to facilitate vision tests through an ‘E-card’.
Additionally, hydrophobic intraocular lenses are provided free of charge after operations, reducing postoperative complications.
In an effort to streamline the process, the health department of the Gujarat government has launched a dedicated website providing all necessary information, from primary registration to follow-up services.
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