Rajasthan Becomes the First State to Adopt Policy to Control Blindness


eMediNexus    16 January 2023

On Friday, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, directed the department of medical and health to implement a policy called "Right to Sight" to control the cases of blindness in the state. He stated that the goal of the newly implemented policy is to improve the lives of the more than 35,000 visually impaired residents of the state. Also, the blindness control policy aims to reduce the prevalence rate of blindness in the nation and bring it down to 0.3% from 1.1%, as reported in 2020.


The government will run keratoplasty centres and eye banks at all the medical colleges to provide easy access to all the needy people. He also added that all the NGOs and private institutions that collect corneas for transplant will get financial help from the state government.


He directed that the districts should cooperate with non-profit organizations, trusts, hospitals, and other benevolent organizations to reduce the cases of vision impairment. He further added that the state government will work with private organizations to launch a significant eye donation campaign. 


(Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/rajasthan-becomes-first-state-to-implement-policy-for-blindness-control/96990056 )

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