First time in the country, the Rajasthan government on Friday implemented the policy for blindness control with the objective of ‘Right to Sight’.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has taken an innovative initiative towards realising the concept of ‘Nirogi Rajasthan’ in the state.
The Medical and Health Department on the directions of the chief minister released the policy document for the prevention of blindness on Friday.
This policy has been brought with an aim to bring light in the lives of more than 3 lakh people suffering from visual impairment in the state. It is to be mentioned that the prevalence rate of blindness in the country was 1.1 per cent in 2020 and work would be done to bring it down to 0.3 per cent through the Blindness Control Policy.
The state government under the policy for Blindness Control will mandatorily run Keratoplasty Centre and eye bank in all the government medical colleges. Under this policy, cornea collected by private organisations and NGOs getting financial help from the government will have to be provided to the government institutions on priority.
Efforts to eliminate visual impairment would be made in the districts in collaboration with voluntary organisations, trusts, hospitals and other charitable institutions working in this field.
In this regard, the state government will carry out a campaign for eye donation on an extensive level along with the private institutions. Special training will be imparted to eye experts, eye surgeons, post graduate students, counsellors working for eye donation and eye assistants etc.
Medical and Health Department secretary Dr Prithvi said that public awareness and various technical improvement activities related to curing blindness will be organised under this policy.