2-day situational and GAP Analysis workshop concludes

Detail on the mitigation plan to upscale government infrastructure to address eye care needs was emphasized in the workshop

A situational and GAP Analysis workshop programme for the implementation of Ujjyalo "Disability Inclusive Universal Eye Health Programme In Sikkim" concluded recently.
The 2 -days workshop was organized to identify the gaps in institutional, community-based and topography; that prevent early access to eye care and which were strategically identified and a strong path was laid to address the same.
During the strategic workshop, it was also identified that continuous promotion of the cause using different mediums of information dissemination in multiple vernacular languages is required to not only create awareness but also induce a public debate that may help promote their participation within their family and in the community bringing the vulnerable population to the nearest Centre in time.
A senior doctor addressing the participants at the workshop.
Image: A senior doctor addressing the participants at the workshop.
The workshop discussed in detail the mitigation plan to upscale government infrastructure to address eye care needs of the state, synergy between the hospital and the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the collective participation of government agencies to implement this project to create the first avoidable blindness free state in India.
The interactive workshop was facilitated by Dr. Rajesh Saini, Chief Executive Officer, SGLEH with Ophthalmologist and Head of Community Ophthalmology from AIIMS, Delhi Dr. Praveen Vashist with Dr. Hemant Sinha , SPO Madhya Pradesh, as the principal resource person and GAP analyst.
The Health Minister Of Sikkim Hon. Dr. M. K Sharma launched the State-Wide Universal Eye Health Programme "Ujjyalo" from New STNM Hospital Auditorium, Gangtok.
The programme was also attended by an Ophthalmologist from STNM and district hospital, Health Education Officer (SIECB, UPHC), Technical Officers and optometrist and NCD staff.
 Health Minister Dr. M. K Sharma launched the State-Wide Universal Eye Health Programme "Ujjyalo" from New STNM Hospital Auditorium, Gangtok.
The project aims to create Sikkim as the first avoidable blindness free state in the country and has been implemented in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare and will be implemented State-wide through partner Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital, the biggest Lions Club Eye Hospital systems in India based at Siliguri.
The participants at the workshop.
Image: The participants at the workshop.
The disability-inclusive eye health programme is been funded by CBM, an international development organization working to eradicate avoidable blindness from the world.
The programme by CBM was launched on October 1nd by the hands of Health Minister Dr M. K Sharma and will see the opening of 3 more primary eye care centres in Sikkim after earlier inaugurating primary eye care centres at Jorethang and Mangan supported by Mission For Vision, including the starting of the first Tele-Ophthalmology Mobile Eye Clinic.
With a massive media orientation for community reach the project puts special focus on the people with disabilities and the elderly, with provision for children under the school eye health initiative with prime focus to inculcate health-seeking and participatory behaviour in them to access timely eye care.



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