With an aim to provide better health care facilities for students, the state education department has tied-up with noted private hospitals for free-of-cost surgical correction of severe eye complications among students.
In a recent survey, the department identified 597 students suffering from complicated eye problems across various government schools in the state that needed specialised surgical intervention.
In Ludhiana, 111 students with low vision have been identified, followed by 68 students in Gurdaspur and 57 students in Fazilka. No child with such an ailment was found in Bathinda though.
In Patiala, 45 students, while in Sangrur 15 students, have been found to be suffering from low vision. There are 51 students in Faridkot, while 25 in Mansa.
Director general of school education Kahan Singh Pannu said the department had roped in Gian Sagar Hospital, Banur; Om Prakash Hospital, Amritsar; and Center for Sight, Ludhiana, for corrective surgeries. He said check-ups and surgeries had already started.
"The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has provided for medicines, refreshments and transportation for the students," he said.
Pannu said low vision aids had been provided to another 200 children by Sightsavers, an international NGO working for the eradication of blindness in over 30 countries.
"The children have also been trained in using the devices to see properly," Pannu added.
The DGSE has also asked the teachers to make proper seating arrangements and adjustments in the classroom in order to enable such children to read properly and take interest in their studies.