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AFP
October 13, 2011
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Seminar to mark World Sight Day held

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AFP
October 13, 2011

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PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar, which was held at the Khyber Medical College (KMC) here Wednesday to mark the World Sight Day, noted that blindness being a non-fatal disease was an ignored area in the community medicines curriculum for medical undergraduates that called for attention.
The theme of the event was Introducing the Concept of Community Ophthalmology as part of community medicines .
The seminar was organised by Fred Hollows Foundation Australia in collaboration with Khyber Teaching Hospital and KMC. More than 300 medical undergraduate students participated in the event in addition to Master of Public Health students from Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO) and renowned ophthalmologists from Peshawar.
The speakers included Dr Mohammad Naeem, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine Department, KMC, who made presentation on World Sight Day-its significance and vision 2020. He said blindness being a non-fatal disease is an ignored area in the community medicines curriculum for medical undergraduates.
PICO Deputy Dean Dr Zahid Jadoon made presentation on avoidable blindness and initiatives to eliminate it from a global perspective. The students were introduced to preventable blindness and strategies for blindness control globally and within Pakistan with an aim to bridge this gap.
Dr Ibrar Hussain, associate professor at the Eye Department KMC, made presentation on V-2020 and leading causes of blindness in Pakistan.
Dr Naeem, consultant Paediatric Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, gave a presentation on childhood blindness from a public health perspective. Dr Rubina Gillani, Country Manager The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, gave a presentation on blindness prevention programme in Pakistan.
She said the foundation worked worldwide to end avoidable blindness. In Pakistan it has been working in partnership with government of Pakistan and national NGOs since 1998. It is in the

final stages of concluding its Pakistan Australia district eye care project in which eye units in 30 districts all over Pakistan were upgraded.

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