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K. Chandrashekhar Rao
K. Chandrashekhar Rao

CM KCR to launch eye testing programme on Aug 15

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the concerned officials that “Kanti Velugu” programme aimed at conducting eye tests for all the people in Telangana should be launched on August 15 at 2 PM all over the State.

The Chief Minister said, that he himself would launch the programme in one of the villages in Gajwel constituency and would also request the Governor to launch it somewhere in the state of his choice.

He said that the programme should be launched simultaneously all over the State the same day and Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and all elected representatives should be requested to participate in the programme.

KCR has also instructed that everyone in the State should have the facility of free eye tests and for all who required the spectacles and medicines are to be supplied free of cost. If necessary for those who require operations are also to be done free of cost.

He said that the department should make necessary arrangements to keep ready the required staff, medical equipment, vehicles, spectacles and medicines.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting on “Kanti Velugu” programme on Saturday afternoon at Pragathi Bhavan. Principal Secretary Shanti Kumari, Family Welfare Commissioner Vakati Karuna, Arogyasri CEO Manik Raj, Public Health Director Srinivas, Joint Director Motilal, TSMDC MD Venugopal, Superintendent, Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital Ravindar Goud participated.

“The State Government for the first time has decided to conduct free eye tests to all the 3.70 Crore people in the State. Such a massive level programme was not conducted so far. Since the programme is conducted state wide every necessary arrangement shall be made.

Every elected representative shall take part in the programme. A schedule has to be drawn for this purpose following meetings with district Collectors and elected representatives. People are to be educated properly and efforts shall be made to see that everyone comes to the Eye Camps for tests,” said the CM.

Officials briefed the CM with regards to arrangements made for organising eye camps and Kanti Velugu programme. They told CM that for this purpose all over the State there would be 799 teams and, in each team, there would be a MBBS doctor, Optometrist, ANM and others.

Every team will conduct Eye test on an average for 250 persons per day. The officers told the CM that the necessary eye drops, medicines, 34 lakhs spectacles are kept ready and will be dispatched to districts. They said that 114 eye hospitals both private and public are identified for conducting operations. (INN)

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