Evaluating Trachoma Prevalence was Finished in 6 Towns of Guizhou Province



  The General Office of the Ministry of health of Guizhou Province carried out “vision first China action” project III responding to the call of General Office of the Ministry of health in order to promote blindness prevention in Guizhou. Directed by Medical Affairs Office of Guizhou Provincial Health Bureau, 10 ophthalmologists from Hospital Attached to Guiyang Medical College and other medical institutions finished 6 town’s evaluation work of suspected high prevalence areas combined with health and education department, such as Danzhai, Zhenning, Zhenfeng , Daozhen, Songtao, and Sandu districts.

  Investigating group studied and communicated carefully before screening to ensure the progress of the project.  All agreed that  trachoma can lead to blindness or visual damage and is one of the key controlling eye disease in the goal of WHO “vision 2020” . “Trachoma cure” work that is investigating about trachoma epidemiology nationwide and treating the patients solved the problem of blindness from trachoma, an important work showing our worrying about the people. Medical workers overcame so many difficulties to complete the screening work, such as cold weather, poor and ethnic minorities areas , lack of water, difficult and slippery road to the mountain, heavy fog  and so on. Sometimes doctors had to walk instead of by car to check the patients by the road. In the investigation , experts also trained ENT doctors, rural doctors and school doctors on the spot,  had publicized work among local people. When finding some disease the group urged patients to see the eye doctors and ask for the best eye doctors for the serious patients,   the disease including glandulae tarsales functional disorder, Grain swollen glands, pterygium albugo, calculus, and injury.

  Only the few were found to have suspected trachoma and Trichiasis  among 344 pupils and 366 villager above 15 years old in the 12 villages of 6 towns. Evaluation showed that Chlamydia incidence is decreasing with the improvement of rural health work and people’s living standard.

                        Reporter: Wang Huiming