Navigation Links
India to Beat Blindness Elimination Target by 2015: Health Minister

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that India, home to 12 million blind people, will achieve its blindness elimination// target of 0.3 percent by 2015, five years before the World Health Organisation (WHO) deadline of 2020.

"Currently, blindness prevalence in India is a little above 1.1 percent. And looking at the progress we are making, it would be 0.8 percent by 2010. We are quite sure that the WHO target of 0.3 percent can be achieved by five years before its deadline of 2020," the minister said.

"Cataract is the main reason of blindness in our country and we are conducting more and more camps in both urban and rural areas to deal with it. In 2006, we had conducted 5.2 million cataract surgeries across the country," Ramadoss told IANS in an interview.

A survey put the blind in India at 12 million, out of which 62.6 percent of sightlessness is due to cataract. During 2005, India had witnessed 4.9 million cataract surgeries. Nearly 80 percent of this blind population lives in rural areas.

Ramadoss said the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) and 'Vision 2020: The Right To Sight' plan have been doing a good job.

"Under these programmes, 70 percent of the money goes to the private sector. Our government is pleased with the results," he said, adding that India is committed to reducing the burden of avoidable blindness.

The minister, however, admitted that India has only 12,000 eye surgeons for a population of over 1 billion, which means one eye surgeon for 100,000 people. In urban areas, there is one eye surgeon for 20,000 people and in rural areas the ratio is one eye surgeon for 250,000 people.

The minister also underlined the need for eye donations. "We need 100,000 eye donations, but receive about 22,000 corneas per year. I have pledged my eyes after death and expect the public to lend its support."

Source-IANS
'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Is Diabetes the Leading Cause of Kidney Failure in India
2. AIDS Disaster in India is Imminent
3. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
4. International community warns India on HIV situation
5. India takes on foot-and-mouth disease by vaccinating animals
6. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
7. India to benefit from pharma companies move
8. Healthcare sector is now a multi billion-dollar industry in India
9. The World Bank funds private Hospital in India
10. Parke-Davis (India) runs into rough weather – Court orders attachment of asset
11. Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: India Beat Blindness Elimination Target Health Minister

(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Home Care Assistance – ... of non-medical, in-home senior care, is weighing in on ... health. , The study, performed by the University of ... and 78 over a week-long period and observed how ... physical activity. By examining the structural soundness of the ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 2014 Global prebiotics market is expected ... a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Positive ... sugar and fat free products owing to increased concerns ... prebiotics over the forecast period. , View full report ... & beverage was the largest application segment with market ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... The human brain is often overlooked ... to help maintain better mental health, according to Dr. ... Lose Your Memory in 100 Ways’ for just that ... conflicting attitudes to help keep the reader constantly thinking. ... must decipher the hidden logic within. , “If you ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... Sound Telecom, a leader in the call center industry, ... time they wonder, “Should I use an answering service?” The ... through a series of yes or no questions that ultimately ... are many considerations and scenarios that come into play when ... . This decision infographic serves as a bit of a ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. ... chemical during pregnancy may have effects on genital development in ... baby boys born to moms with greater exposure to a ... -- the space between the genitals and anus. Anogenital distance ... of exposure to androgens ("male" hormones) during pregnancy. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region, a Top Provider of In-Home Care, Responds to Study Linking Exercise to Healthier Senior Brains 2Health News:Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region, a Top Provider of In-Home Care, Responds to Study Linking Exercise to Healthier Senior Brains 3Health News:Prebiotics Market Is Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 9.3% From 2014 To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 2Health News:Prebiotics Market Is Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 9.3% From 2014 To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 3Health News:Prebiotics Market Is Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 9.3% From 2014 To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 4Health News:Prebiotics Market Is Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 9.3% From 2014 To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 5Health News:‘Dementia Express’ Offers Contradictory and Sometimes Reverse Thinking, All to Keep its Reader on Their Toes With an Active Mind. 2Health News:Sound Telecom Produces Decision Infographic to Aid Businesses 2Health News:Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development 2Health News:Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development 3
... ... set…GO! Summer kicks off each year with the City of Laguna ... year, the event is expected to bring out more than 6,000 runners, ... Day – Monday May 31. Registration is available online at www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com ...
... , ... its place as one of the world,s leading medical hubs as it performs an ... and debilitating condition. , ... Singapore (PRWEB), May 6, 2010 -- Singapore,s oldest and largest tertiary acute hospital ...
... imaging (MRI) should be the imaging modality of choice for ... spread beyond the breast) as it is highly accurate and ... (shows no symptoms), according to a study to be presented ... Whole body MRI is a noninvasive medical test that ...
... Results from the SPIRIT IV clinical trial, which were ... scientific symposium, were published today in the New ... trial, a large-scale multi-center study of nearly 4,000 patients ... safety and efficacy in the treatment of de novo ...
... ... questions in the "By the Way, Doctor" feature. The newsletter,s May 2010 issue answers 13 ... Boston ... Letter offers answers to readers, serious, whimsical, and just plain curious questions ranging from ...
... discovered that the ovarian hormone progesterone plays a pivotal ... has important implications for breast cancer risk. ... (10.1038/nature09091; http://dx.doi.org/ ), are significant because reproductive history ... says principal investigator Rama Khokha, a molecular biologist at ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:City of Laguna Hills Announces Memorial Day Half Marathon and 5K 2Health News:Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant 2Health News:Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant 3Health News:Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant 4Health News:Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant 5Health News:Whole body MRI is highly accurate in the early detection of breast cancer metastases 2Health News:Study finds everolimus-eluting stent safer, more effective than paclitaxel-eluting stent 2Health News:Harvard Health Letter Features Q&As from Harvard Doctors 2Health News:PMH cancer researchers link ovarian hormone to breast stem cells growth 2
(Date:10/30/2014)... -- WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: WX ), ... serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, with ... the United States , today announced the ... Tel Aviv area of Israel.  ... of integrated R&D services to local customers. It will ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... , Oct. 30, 2014  The number of ... is growing steadily, thanks to drug store ... a result of the economic downturn, retail clinic growth ... year of opportunities, as the number of retail clinics ... report, Retail Clinics Market Overview and 2014 Consumer ...
(Date:10/30/2014)...   BioLife Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: ... proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and ... products for cells and tissues, today announced today ... be released on Thursday, November 6, 2014, and that ... webcast at 1:30 p.m. PST that afternoon. Management will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:WuXi AppTec Launches Representative Office in Israel, Forms Strategic Collaboration with Pontifax 2Report: Drugstore Chains Drive Retail Clinic Growth 2Report: Drugstore Chains Drive Retail Clinic Growth 3BioLife Solutions to Report Financial Results for Third Quarter 2014 and Provide Business Update on November 6, 2014 2
... Inc . announced today that David A. Weber, Ph.D. , ... Board of Directors. Jay Lichter, Ph.D., managing director of Avalon Ventures, ... actively support the company as a member of the Board of ... to the Otonomy team, as his extensive experience in the development ...
... 2010 Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD ), ... diseases, today announced that it has been awarded a ... Parkinson,s Research (MJFF) for the development of a novel, ...  The $500,000 award will be distributed over a period ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Otonomy Appoints David A. Weber, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer 2Otonomy Appoints David A. Weber, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer 3Amicus Therapeutics Awarded $500,000 Grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Development of Next-Generation Pharmacological Chaperone to Treat Parkinson's Disease 2Amicus Therapeutics Awarded $500,000 Grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Development of Next-Generation Pharmacological Chaperone to Treat Parkinson's Disease 3Amicus Therapeutics Awarded $500,000 Grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Development of Next-Generation Pharmacological Chaperone to Treat Parkinson's Disease 4Amicus Therapeutics Awarded $500,000 Grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Development of Next-Generation Pharmacological Chaperone to Treat Parkinson's Disease 5
Picofluor™ Fluorometer is a lightweight, inexpensive, handheld fluorometer, configured for the fluorescent probes commonly used for nucleic acid and protein quantitation....
Inquire...
The FluoroMax-3 is the entry level spectrofluorometer from Spex®, yet offers features not found in most of the top models of the competition....
... The BTF-111 miniature ... a user-con?gured spectrometer for ... nm. Con?gurable excitation light ... ?exibility of 2D ?uorescence ...
Medicine Products: