23 villages in Changlang & Namsai districts get ABF status: DyCM

NAMSAI, Oct 25: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today declared all 23 villages in Changlang and Namsai districts as avoidable blindness free (ABF) under National Program for Control of Blindness (NPCB).

Out of these 23 villages, 20 are in Bordumsa, Diyun and Innao circles of Changlang district and 3 in Namsai district, he told a function at Arunachal University of Studies here.

The A ABF status was achieved under Avoidable Blindness Free Arunachal (ABFAR) Project, a joint venture of  NPCB & VI, GoAP in partnership with Chandra Prabhu Eye Hospital, Jorhat, NGO Operation Eyesight Universal and Seeing is Believing (Standard Chartered Bank) on PPP mode.

In his speech, Mein credited the achievements to ASHA workers, health care functionaries at the grass root level and all the stakeholders of NPCB programme. It is the result of a team effort and expressed hope that ABFAR project would be extended to other parts of the state to make whole of state ABF, he hoped.

Responding to proposal, he said to initiate establishment of a zonal eye specialist centre here for state’s Eastern Zone as people often travel to other parts of the country for eye check up and treatment at huge cost.

Lauding the achievement under NPCB program in PPP mode, NPCB deputy director general Prof. Sangeeta Abrol said that the ABFAR Project  would be taken as a role model and a pilot project for other states. She appreciated the way ASHAs function in the state and assured all possible assistance of Union Health Ministry to state’s endeavors in future.

Highlighting various achievements, NPCB& VI state programme officer Dr Taba Khanna earlier informed that Arunachal Pradesh is the 2nd highest blindness prevalent state after Assam in the country and efforts are on to remove this blindness tag.

State BJP president Tapir Gao, Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, DC Dr Tapashya Raghav, AUS Vice Chancellor Prof V K Kwatra, chairman Ashwin Lochan, DMO Dr N Soreya Namchoom also spoke. (PRO)

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