Eye tests and surgeries for those in need in North and East under Vision 2020

The Health Ministry said yesterday that it had taken steps to carry out eye tests and operations on the people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under the Vision 2020 (V2020) Programme.

Health Ministry Spokesman S. M. Kumari said recently that 130 cataract operations had been performed at the Kilinochchi District General Hospital. The patients had been chosen from amongst those who attended the eye clinics at that hospital. Eye Surgeon attached to the Baticaloa Teaching Hospital, Dr J. D. Dias had volunteered to perform the eye operations, she said.

Kumari said that 300 and 77 cataract patients had been identified in the districts of Mulaitivu and Vavuniya respectively. Steps were being taken under the V2020 programme to correct their vision, she added.

Under the V2020 programme cataract surgeries were performed countrywide and steps had been taken to provide free lenses while a minimum of 100 cataract surgeries were performed on each occasion, she added. (DJ)

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