Govt to ensure world-class eye care

Make universal health coverage a reality for all

Published : 19 Jan 2023 09:13 PM

While opening 45 more community vision centres at the upazila health complexes in 13 districts across the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her government’s firm determination to make sure that all can get international standard eye medicare services at the grassroots. In the first and second phase the government has setup 90 community vision centres which have become the role model in South Asia giving modern and developed eye treatment at free of cost.

As many as 1,331,577 persons have so far received eye treatment from these centres while 210,868 persons have got eye glasses at free of cost. The government has planned to build community vision centres across the country in phases to bring all people under free, modern and developed eye treatment. 

Eye health services can be expanded 

by setting up community vision

 centres in every upazila health 

complex in the country

It has attached priority on reaching eye medicare services to the people at the grassroots alongside providing other healthcare services to their doorsteps.

The government has established Digital Bangladesh as per electoral pledge. The eye specialists are now giving treatment to the grassroots people through telemedicine cashing in on the digital facilities. The spread of community centres in many upazilas meant people could take services of specialist doctors digitally. 

Country’s many people suffer from eye problems due to eye injury, diabetes or high blood pressure and these should be kept under control. Environmental pollution and smoke from stoves also cause eye problems.

Eye health services can be expanded by setting up community vision centres in every upazila health complex in the country. To make the government’s measures a success, the country’s renowned physicians especially the eye specialists will have to spend more time in providing treatment to patients in rural area. They will also have to find out the eye diseases which are affecting the local people frequently.