Majority of N and E children have eye problems


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Cristopil Blindness Mission Institute donated medical equipment for eye surgery to the Health Ministry recently at a cost of Rs. 14 million. The Cristopil Blindness Institute South Asian Directress Dr. Mrs. Sara Warugesh handing over some of the medical equipment to Director General Health Services Dr. P. Maheepala at the Kilinochchi base hospital recently.

A majority of children in the North and East were suffering from many forms of eye complications therefore the Health Ministry had decided to equip the hospitals of the affected areas with necessary medical equipment needed to treat them, the Health Ministry said.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala said that people, especially school goers in the Jaffna, Mulaithivu and Kilinochchi districts were beginning to develop eye complications due to some unknown reasons. At the same time many people in those districts were suffering from cataract. All the required facilities for eye operations and eye treatment were being supplied to the hospitals in the North to facilitate the treatment process, he said.

Dr. Maheepala said that ‘The Vision 2010’ initiated by the Health Ministry had been hailed both locally and internationally. The programme had received many international donations, he added. The ‘Vision 2010’ since its inception had been able to maintain eye care services without government funds.

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