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Message of Prime Minister of Pakistan on World Sight Day

Islamabad: The observance of World Sight Day around the globe draws our attention to the need of raising awareness about the issues of blindness and visual impairments. It also highlights the importance of rehabilitating the visually impaired through concerted efforts.

With the world population aging, visual impairments have been spreading very fast especially among the old. It is regrettable that 1.8 million people are blind in the country. The day calls for collaboration of the public and private sector organizations to join hands to control the incidence of blindness.

This is in this context that “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”, a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness is of critical importance in shaping our response to the challenge of visual impairments.

Media has a critical role to play in raising awareness among the people in this regard. A timely diagnosis and cure of visual ailments restore the sight. With the health ministry devolved to the provinces, it is important that both provincial and district governments expand their capacity to cater to large number of patients on this count. There is a need to focus on medical research and impart training to the medical practitioners to come up to the expectations of the people.

While observing the World Sight Day, we must resolve to fight this menace with all available resources and the government of Pakistan is committed on its part.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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