World Sight Day 2021: “Every person suffers from an eye health problem at some point in their lifetime. It is also true that more than one billion people worldwide have access to eye care services. In such a situation it is necessary that awareness should be created among the people about Eye Health (Aankho Ka Swasthya) in the country and at the world level.
In view of this, this time the theme of ‘World Sight Day 2021’ is ‘Love Your Eyes’ i.e. love with your eyes. Apjit Kaur (KGMU Opthalmologist Prof. Apjit Kaur).
Purpose of celebrating ‘World Sight Day’ (Vishwa Drishti Diwas Manane Ka Uddeshya)
Prof. Apjit Kaur said that World Sight Day is celebrated on the second Thursday of October. The purpose of this day (Vishwa Drishti Diwas Ka Uddeshya) is to bring global attention to visual impairment including blindness. This day is dedicated to give information and create awareness among the people. The World Health Organization (WHO) is actively involved in this initiative. Coordinates various activities and programs on this day.
90% of blind people live in low-income countries
Professor Kaur said that around 285 million people around the world live with low vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million suffer from moderate or severe visual impairment. 90% of blind people live in low-income countries. Despite this, 80 percent of these people are such, which can be easily cured.
Public awareness program will be held in OPD of Ophthalmology Department
On Thursday, on the occasion of World Sight Day, a program will be organized to raise public awareness about blindness and vision loss. In which the Vice-Chancellor people. (Retirement) Dr. Bipin Puri (KGMU VC Dr. Bipin Puri) will be the chief guest. This program will be conducted in the OPD of Ophthalmology Department of KGMU under the chairmanship of the head of the department Prof. Apjit Kaur.
Educating about blindness prevention
Describing the program Prof. Apjit Kaur said that the objective of the program is to spread awareness about eye health and encourage people to take preventive eye check-up. He said that the objective of the department is to educate the general public about the prevention of blindness. Its aim is not only to increase the coverage of eye care (Aankho Ki Dekhbhal) in future, but also to provide quality services.
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