HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona on Thursday marked World Sight Day with the launch of the Eye Center in Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.
QMMC is a DOH tertiary referral hospital that will provide comprehensive eye care services as part of the integrated service delivery network of government health facilities serving Quezon City, Marikina, CALABARZON, and other nearby areas.
Ona also led the launch of the Philippine Eye Disease Study, a joint undertaking with the Philippine Eye Research Institute.
“On World Sight Day, the DOH re-affirms its commitment to enhancing the capacity of government hospitals in treating eye problems by modernizing health facilities with the latest and state-of-the-art equipment,” said Ona.
There are more than 303,000 pople who are bilaterally blind based on the latest National Statistics Office population report.
Of the number, 59 percent is due to cataract; 14 percent, uncorrected refractive errors; 11 percent, glaucoma; 11 percent, retinopathy and maculopathy.
World Sight Day serves as a platform for the Global Action Plan on the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014-2019 and Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, the global effort to eliminate avoidable blindness launched by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
This year’s theme, “Universal Eye Health”, with the global call to action “No More Avoidable Blindness”.