The 19th World Sight Day- 2019 is observed in Lohit District on Thursday through a well-designed programme in Indira Gandhi Government College with Dr. Sajinglu Chai Pul, District Medical Officer (DMO) cum DPO-National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) along with Dr. Chowdim Tayang, Eye Specialist and Superintendent, Zonal General Hospital, Tezu as the resource persons.
DMO Dr. Sajinglu Chai Pul elaborated the student participants about the government’s programmes and the initiatives at the district level by the Department of Health, laying particular emphasis on Ayushman Bharat Programme, Prime Minister’s Jan Aarogya Yojana and Chief Minister’s Aarogya Arunachal Yojana. She emphasised upon the importance of general health care and more particularly on eye care.
Stating that “Vision First” is the theme of the year, Dr. Chowdim Tayang, the Eye Specialist and Superintendent of Zonal General Hospital through his video and power point presentations dwelt upon various issues relating to acquired blindness , congenital blindness, treatment of blindness and rehabilitation of the blind and appraised the students that one-fourths of blind people live in India and called upon the students to care for their eyes by resorting to “Vision First”.
He emphasised upon qualitative food with all the nutrients which is necessary to have healthy eyes and vision. Dr. Tayang clarified the doubts and questions of the participants in as much simple terms as possible with greater patience. Dr. K. Rajendra Babu, the Principal-in-charge drew the attention of the participants that sufficient care for health is needed in going ahead with modern, technology driven urban life.
He cautioned the students about excessive eye concentration on mobile and television screens which may prove to be harmful to their eyes. Faculty Member Dr. M. K. Jana also spoke on the occasion. An essay writing competition for the students was also held on the occasion. The Programme was coordinated by Assistant Professor P. Gombu.
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