Issue of March 11, 2018

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Programs to deter blindness in city urged
by PIO release

Eye care will soon become among the primary services to be provided by health facilities in the city once the city adopts a blindness prevention program.

Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano proposed an ordinance that sought to implement blindness prevention programs by making available in all health centers in the city facilities, equipment, and services on eye care and provision of appropriate training for personnel on primary eye care services.

The ordinance, which was passed on first reading, provides that the City Health Services Office (CHSO) shall include eye care as one of its primary health care services to the public.

Among the services to be provided are eye or vision screening, basic eye care information education, simple eye care procedures, and other related activities.

The ordinance also sought the creation of a city eye health task force.

The task force shall be empowered to formulate a city community eye health services plan pursuant to Department of Health Administrative Order 2013-0010 to include among others, training and capacity building activities for eye health services workers as well as mechanisms for program monitoring, evaluation, and feedback.

It shall also keep an updated record on blindness and incidents of error of refraction in the city for easy retrieval for policy, planning, study, and other related purposes and establish and maintain linkages with local, national, or international primary eye care services providers, organizations, or institutions for the establishment of a primary eye care services delivery network and recommend to the local legislative body other measures for the enhancement of programs for the prevention of blindness and primary eye care services.

Under the proposed ordinance, all personnel, such as the barangay health workers, and CHSO staff involved or deputized in the implementation of the measure and the city community eye care services plan, shall first undergo training prior to the conduct of any activity while private practitioners who may participate must also be rained or licensed and qualified by the CHSO.

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