Eye Care tour program in Mekong region named as Light was launched in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday with the presence of President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin.
A medical team including eye specialists from China will poerate eye surgery on 52 patients suffering eye cataract from 16 to 18 November at the Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw.
At the opening ceremony, Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health said, “According to the estimate released by WHO, there are nearly 246 million cases of eyesight deficiency whereas 39 million are suffering blindness. In Myanmar, eyesight related diseases—glaucoma, cataract, need of glasses, eye injuries, diabetes and hypertension. Of them, glaucoma is 60 per cent of the total. Presently, glaucoma patients are expected to be nearly 350,000 in Myanmar. For now, only 100,000 glaucoma patients had their eyes operated, thus more patients still needs to have eye operated.
WHO’s target for eye operation (glaucoma) is 3,000 every one million population with the rate for Myanmar in 2014-2015 reaching 2,038.
Only if measures for protecting blindness are carried out in collaboration with ministry of health, project departments for protection of loss of eyesight, general hospitals at regions, states and district levels, WHO, NGOs from home and abroad and the whole populace, can be the target of WHO—eradication of curable eyesight diseases in the year, 2020. At the ceremony, Visakha Foundation which is joining hands with the program, donated a Cassette Sterilizer and two autoclave to the hospital.
Under the program, 100 patients received free-of-charge eye surgeries in Yangon while another 100 patients in Thitagu Eye Hospital in Sagaing.
Myanmar is the third country where the program was launched, after Laos and Cambodia last month.—Myanmar News Agency