Hyderabad: Kanti Velugu scheme, the mega health initiative, aimed at providing all services related to eye care, has touched a unique milestone by screening a whopping one crore persons in the State.
The scheme was launched on August 15 and by December 3, has managed to screen 1,00,02,544 persons for various eye related ailments. In fact, the scheme has also achieved a unique milestone by distributing close to 17 lakh reading glasses to persons who underwent screening.
According to the latest statistics, the Health Department had distributed nearly two lakh prescription glasses to persons, who were diagnosed with eye-defects, during the course of screening.
Senior doctors have pointed out that the distribution of such large number of reading and prescription glasses is quite unprecedented because it was never before attempted in the country.
The mega eye screening camps created a large number of referrals for tertiary and secondary care. Thanks to Kanti Velugu, now there are 4.50 lakh persons who will undergo cataract surgeries at various secondary eye-care institutions, which have been identified across the State.
The scheme has also identified close to 2.5 lakh persons, who need to undergo complicated eye related procedures, at tertiary eye care institutions including SD Eye Hospital in city, Regional Eye Hospital in Warangal, Pushpagiri Eye Institute, Secunderabad and LV Prasad Eye Institute.