Training for Paramedical Ophthalmic Assistants at DHS

Port Blair, Jan 17: Under National Programme for Control of Blindness, 5 days refresher training for Paramedical Ophthalmic Assistants was held in the Conference Hall of Directorate of Health Services, Port Blair from 8th Jan 2019. Ophthalmic Assistant from South Andaman, N&M Andaman and Nicobar District participated the training.
The training programme was started with an inaugural speech of Dr. S. P. Burma, Director of Health Services. In his speech, he stated that the training will be very helpful to update the skill and knowledge on eye care management. Further, he appealed the trainees to take maximum advantage of the training programme to deliver eye care service more effectively. He also appealed the PMOs to share their experiences with their counterparts.
After that, Dr (Mrs) Anita Shah, DD (Ophth)/JS (NPCB) briefed about the NPCB activities with multimedia presentation. She informed “one of the basic human rights is the Right to see. We have to ensure that no citizen goes blind needlessly, or being blind, does not remain so, if, by reasonable deployment of skills and resources, his sight can be prevented from deterioration, or if already lost, can be restored”. The training was included clinical practice in eye care at the level of PHC/CHC and District Hospital, new initiative under NPCB and as well as the new diagnostic modalities and management of blinding eye diseases and handling of ophthalmic instruments and equipments.
The Ophthalmic Assistants shared their experiences of the training. Dr (Mrs) Anita Shah handed over certificate of participation to the PMOA in the concluding day, as said in a press release by Dr (Mrs) Anita Shah, DD (Ophth) / JS (NPCB).

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