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Eye care officers to discuss ways to eliminate avoidable blindness

June 15, 2015 12:46 am

Eye care officers from the region and Fiji have been urged to work together and deliver adequate and quality eye service in the Pacific.

Minister for Health Jone Usamate says participants will not only elaborate on ways of Eliminating Avoidable Blindness in the Pacific as discussions will also involve major health issues concerning the Pacific region.

‘’Major eye health conditions and diseases in the Western Pacific include cataract, uncorrected refractive error, Vitamin A deficiency, glaucoma and trachoma. Non-communicable disease such as diabetes and related eye diseases constitute a fast growing problem for the region’’.

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Usamate made the comments at the opening the Pacific Eye Health Conference in Suva this morning.

Participants will be able to address other cross cutting issues in poverty, education and public health while working towards the elimination of avoidable blindness in the Pacific.

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