AP Govt to appoint 100 eye specialists: Minister

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Kakinada, January 7(UNI) Andhra Pradesh Government had proposed to appoint 100 eye-specialists and Ophthalmic Centres in rural areas, according to Sambhani Chandrasekhar Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

Inaugurating the Specular Microscope in an eye-bank here, the minister said every year, over 50,000 people were losing their eye- sight, owing to cornea defects and other ailments.

Mr Chandrasekhar said the Government had collected 2000 corneas from the dead as against the target of 3,000. The target for cornea collection was fixed at 5,000 for next year, he added.

He said the budgetary allocation for prevention of blindness was enhanced from Rs 7.8 crore to Rs 10 crore next year.

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