The Telangana government is conducting the Kanti Velugu programme, which is the world’s biggest eye screening programme. Over 1.58 crore people have been screened so far. The programme is being held in 12,304 Gram Panchayats and Municipal Wards. Free eye test camps are being organised in different areas. Moreover, 22,21,494 people have been given reading glasses.
The first phase of the programme started on 15th August 2018 and lasted for eight months. During this time, free eye tests were conducted for 1.50 crore people, and spectacles were distributed for free to 50 lakh people. The second phase started on 18th January 2023 and has been continuing for 89 working days. So far, eye tests have been conducted for 96.21% of people, and the government aims to complete the tests for everyone within 100 working days.
The government has set up quality control teams at state and district levels to ensure that the programme runs smoothly. The Medical Department, Panchayat Raj, Municipal and other departments are actively participating in the programme. Medical officials believe that the programme can screen up to 2 crore people.
The Kanti Velugu programme is being conducted in line with the government’s vision of health for all. The camps are organised by district collectors, medical and health officials and officials of various departments. The figures show that many people are coming to the camps with blurred vision and near-sightedness. Reading glasses and vitamins are being distributed to those who need them.
Cataracts are a common problem for people above the age of 50, and doctors are communicating with those who need surgery. Advice and instructions are being given to those who have already undergone surgery and are facing other problems. The government is proud to undertake such a massive programme, which has not been attempted by any other state in the country so far.