Target to make Chhattisgarh cataract blind by 2025
Chhattisgarh has set a target to make Chhattisgarh a Cataract Blindness Free State by the year-2025. Four lakh people suffering from cataract have been identified in the state. Its operation has also been started in all the districts. A list of visually impaired patients is being prepared on behalf of health workers, mitanins and Anganwadi workers. Cataract operation is being done by confirming the patients on the basis of the list prepared in the selected development blocks through eye assistant officers.
Successful treatment of 90 year old patient
Excellent facilities for eye examination, treatment and operation have been developed in Mana Civil Hospital. There are 100 beds available for the patients. So far, 1000 patients have been successfully operated for their eyes in the hospital. Of these, 202 patients were also suffering from diabetes and hypertension, which were controlled after surgery. A 90 year old man suffering from cataract has also been successfully operated here. More facilities for eye treatment in the hospital will be expanded in near future.
This is how treatment
State Nodal Officer for Blindness Prevention Program Dr. Subhash Mishra said that continuous efforts are being made to make Chhattisgarh a Cataract Blindness Free State. The victims are being treated through state-of-the-art “Phaco” technology of cataract treatment. In this method of operation, only a small hole is made in the eye, through which the cataract is dissolved inside the eye. It is through this hole that the foldable lens is implanted inside the eye.
6 surgeons in the hospital
Dr. Mishra informed that at present a team of 35 people including 6 surgeons is working in Mana Civil Hospital for eye examination and operation. Here special tests are done for glaucoma on Monday, retina on Thursday and eye disease in children on Saturday.
Green laser facility is also available in the hospital for retinal related problems. In Mana, 22 eye patients from other districts including Raipur district have also been operated upon. Free facility is being provided by the hospital to the patients for transportation. Free medicines and spectacles are also being provided along with regular follow-up of the patients after the operation.