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‘World Glaucoma Week’ underway at DHD

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 9:55:44 AM IST

World Glaucoma Week under the theme, “Beat invisible glaucoma” conducted by National Programme for Control Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB &VI) District Hospital Dimapur is underway at District Hospital Dimapur (DHD).

A press release from National Programme for Control Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB &VI) District Hospital Dimapur, stated that Medical Superintendent (MS) District Hospital Dimapur, Dr. Z. Kheshito Zhimo informed the gathering that India has been the first country to launch “World Glaucoma Week.” He said that National Programme for Control Blindness (NPCB) was originated in 1976 and was 100% centrally sponsored programme.
Dr. Z. Kheshito mentioned that in 1994 the programme was decentralized in all the districts with an aim and goal to reduce blindness from 1.4% to 0.3% by end of 2020.
On the subject of Corona Virus, Dr. Kheshito confirmed on zero cases till date and requested the general public not to panic. Moreover, he informed the gathering to be aware of the COVID-19 and any kind of viruses and also not to share COVID-19 (Corona Virus) videos or clippings on social media.
Senior specialist, eye surgeon, Asonla Aying Chang, DHD, informed that glaucoma was the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. She said that 4.5 million persons globally were blind due to glaucoma and the number would rise to 11.2 million by end of 2020. She said that early detection and treatment were of paramount importance to prevent blindness. Dr. Asonla also informed that risk factors of glaucoma were elevated intraocular pressure, increase in age and genetics etc.
The week will witness free glaucoma screening and distribution of free medicines from March 8 till 14 by Microlab, Jorhat, ALCON Guwahati and Zerdia healthcare Pvt Ltd.
Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by damage to the optic nerve, and if left undetected and untreated, glaucoma could lead to blindness.

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