World Sight Day marks beginning of week-long awareness drive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2014 19:44 IST

Health department officials observed World Sight Day by organising a workshop on eye care at 5th Reserve Battalion at Sakoh near Dharamsala on Thursday.

The day also marked beginning of a week-long awareness and screening campaign on eye health in the district being run by the health department.

Speaking on the occasion Kangra chief medical officer (CMO) BM Gupta said the health department will be conducting awareness and screening activities in the vision centres spread across the state and school cluster up to October 15.

Gupta added that India has the highest number of blind people.

“World Sight Day is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of October. The International theme of WSD this year is Universal Eye Health,” said Gupta, adding that it was an important occasion that reminds us how important it was to look after our eyesight.

District programme officer RK Sood appealed all to avail the facility of eye testing and treatment during the week-long campaign. “We recommend that everyone should have their eyes tested at least every year,” he said.

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