Hyderabad: ‘Kanti Velugu’, the innovative programme launched by the Telangana Government six months ago to provide eye care for the people, has been receiving a huge response across the State. So far, over 1.50 crore people have undergone the eye screening tests, and out of them, nearly 23 lakh people have been provided with reading glasses, free of cost.
According to official figures, another 17.40 lakh people were prescribed for special glasses, which were being provided free of cost after getting the same from the manufacturing companies. Orders for special spectacles were being placed with the manufacturing companies from time to time, based on the requirement of patients screened at the camps. It is said that the manufacturing companies were not in a position to cope up with the demand, and taking some time to supply the glasses. Another, nine lakh people were referred to Hospitals for treatment, and the treatment is going on in different hospitals in the State, as per schedule.
The eye screening camps are continuing in villages of different districts, and it was expected that all the people of the State will be covered shortly. Yesterday alone, 79,670people were screened at the eye camps. Out of them, 4,995 persons were given reading classes, while special glasses were prescribed for another 3,900 persons, and 3,152 were referred for treatment.
It may be mentioned that the State Government has now decided to launch ENT screening and treatment programme also, free of cost, throughout the State from next month or so, as the eye screening programme has become a grand success and is being highly appreciated by the people of the State, as well as by other State Governments and National agencies.