Al-Shifa gears up fight against avoid able blindness

Rawalpindi: Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital has decided to take its fight against avoid able blindness to new heights by doubling the number of free eye camps being held in remote areas of Pakistan.

We have decided to doubles number of free eye camps from 150 to 300 per annum to screen fifty thousand schoolchildren during on-going calendar year, said Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital President Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Javed.

Speaking at a function held to pay homage to the founder President of Al-Shifa Trust Lt. Gen (r) Jehandad Khan on his death anniversary, he said that we have been paying special attention on the children that are our future. He informed that 45 per cent of the blind children were visually impaired from avoidable causes.

There is a group of diseases and conditions occurring in childhood that if left untreated result in blindness or severe visual impairment that are untreatable later in life, he informed. Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Javed said that prevention of childhood blindness is generally high on our agenda because it carries highly devastating consequences if not addressed in time.

He said that founder President of trust had always very concerned about the welfare of children suffering from eye disease and we will continue to follow his mission and vision to eradicate blindness from the country.

Many of the causes of childhood blindness are avoidable, being either preventable or treatable while delays in treatment can lead to permanent blindness, he said, adding that making them useful citizens is our prime responsibility.

He disclosed that out of every 10 school-going children one has refractive error while squint disease is also common among the children.

Around 66 percent of blind children have cataract while six million people are partially blind. The trust would be issued registration cards to the children so that they could get free treatment in future from any of the Al-Shifa hospitals. On the occasion, gold medals and awards were also given to outstanding doctors and students while Dr. Gul Bano bagged the Jehandad Khan Gold Medal.

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