An estimated 53,000 eye surgeries will be performed at the provincial government’s expense in Haripur, Pakistan.
These operations will be carried out under an initiative launched by the provincial government called the Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO), whose purpose is to train qualified eye care professionals, as well as to provide treatment for common eye diseases. Similar programs have been launched in Mansehra, Haripur, Swabi and Swat districts.
Dr Nasir Saeed is in charge of briefing the doctors, paramedics and other health professionals involved. “Under this four-year project, the provincial government will develop the capacities of 300 lady health workers and 125 medical officers,” he said. “At least 125 medical technicians will be trained about primary eye care to help raise awareness among 650,000 people at the community level,” he said.
According to Saeed, improvements in the skills and equipment used in hospitals in the area will help nearly one million people that need specialized eye treatments, stating “Personnel trained under the project will carry out screening of 800,000 patients.”