Thursday, September 27, 2012

WC Health Department aims to eliminate blindness by 2020

Mluleki Mrwebi
27 September 2012

The Western Cape Health Department on Wednesday released a statement saying 38 million Rand of the provincial health budget is spent on eye care.

Department Spokesperson Helene Rossouw said the provincial eye care service strategy has been put in place, which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.

The strategy focuses on cataracts, refractions, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Rossouw said that screening and refractions cost 15 million rand and the province issues 5.6 million rands worth of spectacles.

She added that the province’s eye hospitals perform five thousands four hundred eye cataract surgeries per year.

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