New Delhi: Launched with the aim of eradicating and preventing eye-related diseases, the National Programme for Control of Blindness is on way to achieving the target of bringing down the number of visually impaired cases to less than one percent of the population by 2020, said a top official."The national programme for prevention of blindness has been able to tackle much of eye related diseases in the country, even though many such cases are still reported. The programme is doing very well," Sujaya Krishnan, joint secretary in the health and family welfare ministry, said Friday.In 1989, 1.5 percent of the population was visually impaired. The goal is to bring the figure down to 0.3 percent by 2020. Currently, one percent of the population is afflicted with eye diseases, which includes 12 million blind, she said."While the world calls us a trachoma (infective eye disease) ridden nation, we have been able to eliminate the disease," Krishnan said at a seminar "Eliminating Preventable Blindness" at the India International Centre Friday evening.
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