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POST TIME: 20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
Govt to set up vision centres in districts
BSS, Dhaka

Govt to set up vision centres in districts

Proper eye care would be ensured through establishing ‘Community Vision Centre’ at 64 districts across the country within this year. The government would set up vision centers, where primary eye care, glasses and medicine, referral and telemedicine services would offered in all the districts of the country to make eye care services available to the grassroots people”, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said. He formally launched a report as the chief guest at an event organised at The Westin Dhaka by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), INGO Forum in Eye Health, and National Eye Care of Bangladesh government. He also inaugurated a two-day workshop titled ‘World Report on Vision – Developing Bangladesh Action Plan’ at the same event, said a press release. The minister said, around 4,500 physicians have recently joined government service and another 5,500 doctors will be recruited for facilitating prompt delivery of health services in the country.

The rate of blindness in Bangladesh among the 30 plus age group has declined by 1 percent from 4 percent years ago thanks to different steps of the government, he said. He laid emphasis on ensuring modern equipment, skilled manpower and awareness among the people about eye health problems to fight vision impairment.