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Govt drive to eliminate trachoma

The department will focus on four categories — surgery, awareness, facial wash and environment— to prevent the disease.

Written by Astha Saxena | New Delhi | May 23, 2019 1:15:05 am
Modi seeking votes in name of fake nationalism: Kejriwal The number of cases in the capital grew to 1,361 in 2018-19 from 241 in 2017-18. “We hope to bring it down to zero in the capital.

The Delhi government is all set to launch an awareness programme to eliminate trachoma — a bacterial infection which, if untreated, can cause blindness — by 2020. Trachoma is caused by poor environmental and personal hygiene and inadequate access to water and sanitation.

The number of cases in the capital grew to 1,361 in 2018-19 from 241 in 2017-18. “We hope to bring it down to zero in the capital. It is crucial to create awareness among public and medical professionals. A training programme will be held for doctors on do’s and don’ts while performing surgery,” said Dr K S Baghotia, additional director, department of health and family welfare.

The department will focus on four categories — surgery, awareness, facial wash and environment— to prevent the disease.

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