Eye problems rampant in NE region

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Imphal, May 1: A survey conducted by the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) has revealed that the Northeastern states of the country, including Sikkim, have high level of eye-related problems.

Manipur Information Centre officials said here today that as per the survey conducted during 2001-02, there were around 12 million blind people in the country.

In the Northeastern region, Assam had the highest number of blind people at 8,12,471 while Manipur had 32,963 blind people.

Arunachal Pradesh had 24,877 blind people, Meghalaya 17,065, Mizoram 6,950, Nagaland 20,881, Sikkim 3,513 and Tripura 24,572.

The total number of blind people in the eight NE states stood at 9,43,292.

Uttar Pradesh topped the country in the number of blind people with a figure of 15,60,897.

The NPCB identified 1,43,88,312 cataract cases and conducted corrective operations during the last three years - 2005-08.

In the NE, 38,309 cataract cases were operated upon in 2005-06, 62,124 in 2006-07 and 49,073 in 2007-08 with the total number at 1,69,527.

The cataract cases operated upon in Manipur were 1,014 in 2005-06, 1,156 in 2006-07 and 242 in 2007-08. Arunachal Pradesh had 993 cases in 2005-06, 1,043 in 2006-07 and 1003 in 2007-08.

Assam had 28,268 cases 2005-06, 48,346 in 2006-07 and 37,969 in 2007-08. Meghalaya had 1,372 cases in 2005-06, 1,023 in 2006-07 and 907 in 2007-08. Mizoram had 1,211 cases in 2005-06, 2715 in 2006-07 and 940 in 2007-08. Nagaland had 741 cases in 2005-06, 5,833 in 2006-07 and 750 in 2007-08. Sikkim had 351 cases in 2005-06, 571 in 2006-07 and 530 in 2007-08. Tripura had 4,359 cases in 2005-06, 6,708 in 2006-07 and 6,732 in 2007-08.

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