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Rajasthan implemented nations first policy for blindness control

Published on January 16, 2023
Current Context: The goal of Rajasthan's program for controlling blindness is to guarantee its residents' "right to sight." Rajasthan is now the first state in India to do so. The state government's Medical & Health Department published the policy statement over the weekend, outlining a significant initiative to lower the risk of blindness and improve the lives of more than 3 lakh people with visual impairment.
Rajasthan implemented nations first policy for blindness control
  • The government wants to reduce the prevalence of blindness in the nation, which was 1.1% in 2020, to 0.3% through the Blindness Control Policy.
  • All government medical colleges will be required to have a Keratoplasty Center and an eye bank operated by the state government as part of the policy for controlling blindness.
  • According to this guideline, cornea gathered by for-profit businesses and NGOs receiving government funding must be given first consideration to government entities.
  • In cooperation with charitable hospitals, trusts, voluntary groups, and other institutions, efforts to end visual impairment would be made in the districts. Along with private organizations, the state government will run a significant eye donation campaign.
  • Nirogi Rajasthan Campaign
    • The Rajasthan government launched the "Nirogi Rajasthan" campaign on December 17th, 2019, to enhance the general health and well-being of the state’s populace. The campaign emphasizes various health-related concerns and takes a multi-pronged strategy to address them, including advocating for healthy lives, preventative healthcare practices, and raising awareness of various health-related issues.


Q.1 Which of these states becomes the first state to implement a blindness control policy?
a. Gujarat
b. Kerela
c. Rajasthan
d. Tamil Nadu
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