Health Desk: 12th Oct’18: Around 750,000 people in Bangladesh are suffering from blindness and cataract is mainly responsible for their vision impairment. Other main reasons for the blindness are refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy and childhood blindness.
Ophthalmologists and eye health experts disclosed the information at a discussion held in Dhaka on Thursday in observance of the World Sight Day 2018. According to them, 89 percent of the vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries. An approximately 253 million people in the world live with moderate to severe vision impairment — around 36 million of them blind.
According to them, around 80 percent blindness is avoidable by intervention.
National Eye Care under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organised the discussion as part of the countrywide observance of the World Sight Day under the theme ‘Eye Care Everywhere’.
Before the discussion at National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital (NIOH) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, a colourful procession was taken out from the hospital.
Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi led the procession. He also spoke at the discussion as the chief guest. Prime Minister’s Health and Family Welfare Affairs Adviser Dr Syed Modasser Ali, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Vice-present Dr Ava Hossain and Ophthalmology Society of Bangladesh President Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed were present as the special guests.
National Eye Care Line Director and NIOH Director Dr Golam Mostafa presented the keynote paper at the discussion.