Eye-care Day activities of 2015 was conducted in Beijing
June 6th of 2015 is the 20th national Eye Health Day with the theme of “Bidding farewell to trachoma blindness and watching out eye health”. On the Eye Health Day, the large theme publicity activities was conducted in the east-region square of Beijing Tongren Hospital, which was held by National Health and Family Planning Commission and Chinese Disabled Persons Federation, co-organized by Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission and Beijing Disabled Persons Federation and undertaken by the National Blindness-prevention Technical Guidance Group, Ophthalmology Department of Chinese Medical Association, Beijing Tongren Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University and Beijing Ophthalmology Research Institute.
It is reported that until the end of the year 2014, the rate of active trachoma and trachoma trichiasis in our country were 0.196% and 0.002% separately, which were greatly lower than 5% and 0.1%, the standard of trachoma popular region made by the World Health Organization. Thus, our country no longer belongs to epidemic counties of trachoma. And the target of eliminating trachoma had been received. It is another landmark in the history of Chinese blindness prevention and treatment work after the “Millions of Poor Cataract Patients Regaining Sight Project”. Thus our country was more near to the target of “Sight 2020”. And we should realize that the achievement is due to the great attention paid by our party and government, the great sponsorship from all walks of society and the great efforts made by blindness prevention and treatment workers from one generation to another generation.
However, the elimination of trachoma doesn’t equal to no trachoma patient in the future. The theme of this year’s Eye Health Day is “Bidding farewell to trachoma blindness and watching out eye health”, which means at the same time of bidding farewell to trachoma blindness, keeping diffusing the trachoma prevention and treatment knowledge and preventing the reoccurrence of trachoma epidemic through the conduction of colorful Eye Health Day activities nationwide is of great significance. Meanwhile, all the related workers should keep working hard on the vision recovery of cataract, the prevention of blindness lead by diabetes, the rectification of ametropia, the recovery of low-sight and other blindness prevention and treatment work in order to create a fair atmosphere that all the people protect eyes carefully.
On the spot, more than 30 famous ophthalmology experts from 18 hospitals in Beijing were doing free clinics and consults for citizens, answering the questions of masses and offering propagation materials for eye disease prevention and treatment knowledge. We could also see children were painting picture with the length of 100 meters, showing their purest dreams about eye health and a happy family with light and happiness. The Eye Health Day activities also included the interacting consult activities in communities and Eye Health Care class activities in school.
The related comrades in charge from Medical Affairs Authority of National Health and Family Planning Commission, Rehabilitation Department of Chinese Disabled Persons Federation, Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission, Beijing Disabled Persons Federation and Beijing Tongren Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University attended the theme propagation activities.