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Mubende – 20/06/2017 – The Ministry of Health has launched Mubende Eye Health Project under the campaign “Seeing is Believing” aimed to reduce the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment. The 4-year comprehensive eye care project in the four districts of Mubende, Mityana, Kyankwanzi and Kiboga. During the launch, Minister of State for Health for General Duties, Hon. Sarah Opendi highlighted that the project is in line with Vision 2020 initiative “The Right to Sight” which aims at eliminating the major causes of avoidable blindness by 2020. “This project will deliver comprehensive eye health comprising of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in Mubende Health Region” Hon. Opendi said. Services will be delivered through the schools screening program and children identified with vision problems will be referred to the nearest health facility. Hon. Opendi further adds that blindness is one of the major disabilities Ugandans experience. “There are many causes of blindness and visual impairment such as cataracts, uncorrected refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy, Vitamin A deficiency, Trachoma and Glaucoma” she noted. According to Population and Housing census 2014, 12.4% of Ugandans aged 2 years and above are disabled with visual impairment contributing to 6.4% of the disablities. Studies have estimated that eye diseases are among the top 10 causes of morbidity in Uganda. “This makes eye care one of the major concerns of Ministry of Health and the country at large” Hon. Opendi said. This project aims to improve access to high quality comprehensive eye care services that are integrated into the national health systems while delivering eye health services to adults and children in Mubende Health region. The Ministry of Health acknowledged support from Standard Chartered Bank, Brien Holden Vision Institute and other Development Partners for their contribution towards improving eye care and health of Ugandans in general.

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