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The World Health Organization (WHO) may soon declare India trachoma-free. Trachoma is an eye disease caused by a bacterial infection, which is spread through contact with the eyes, eyelids, and nasal or throat secretions of infected people.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Center of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi is committed to its prevention. Center head Professor Jeevan S. Titiyal said that AIIMS works as the node center. India meets WHO criteria to declare the country trachoma free. The WHO is expected to declare India trachoma-free soon. He said it is a contagious disease that can spread by touching infected objects such as handkerchiefs.
Inauguration of the Central Eye Test Laboratory
On Friday, on the occasion of the 56th annual foundation day of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ophthalmology Center, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, AIIMS Director Dr. Srinivas M inaugurated the new Central Eye Investigation Laboratory (COIL) downtown. Patients receive state-of-the-art testing facilities from this laboratory. On this occasion, Prof. Titiyal said that in 2021, 333,381 patients were treated in the center’s OPD, which is 39.2 percent more than last year’s 239,601 patients. Of these, 42,149 patients underwent eye surgery facility, which is 28.2 percent more than last year’s 32,885. There were 1,234 corneal transplants this year, which is 84.2 percent more than 670 last year. He said that services in OPD will become normal after the Corona pandemic.
Claim: By 2050, every second child will be a victim of nearsightedness
AIIMS claims that by 2050, every second child in the country will be a victim of myopia. Screen time has increased after Corona. According to one study, myopia was found in 5 to 7 percent of children in the urban population. It is also increasing in rural areas.
Pro. Titiyal said the crowd in OPDS was decreasing. In addition, a start has been made with the provision of separate lines for blind patients over the age of 75. In addition, they are given the facility of a servant. Also added five new OTS for operations. This reduced the backlog of patients waiting for several surgeries. At the same time, this year some six thousand patients received free services from various schemes in AIIMS.