Kathmandu, Sept 17: The Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh is to carry out eye check-up free of cost for students from Grade 1 to 10 of government and community schools in the remote areas across the country.
The NNJS will provide the service through its eye hospitals and eye centres and also by organising mobile health clinics. It will also provide spectacles and medicines free of cost by organising a programme under Nepal-India Friendship School Eye Check-Up Programme.
The Indian government has provided around Rs 10 million for a year for the same.
NNJS Chairperson, Tirth Prasad Mishra, and First Secretary at the Indian Embassy, Madan Singh Bhandari, today signed an agreement to that end.
Under the programme, around 190,000 students will undergo eye check-up. It is expected that the programme would help decrease child blindness.
The Indian Embassy has been providing financial and technical support to the programme for the past three decades.
Some 941,704 students underwent eye check-up and more than 40,000 have got glasses free of cost under the programme, the NNJS said.
A total of 17 eye hospitals and 53 eye treatment centres are now in operation under the NNJS, established in 2035 BS. The blindness rate, which was 0.84 per cent in 1981, has now come down to 0.35 per cent, according to statistics at the Sangh.
On the occasion, NNJS Chairman Mishra expressed the belief that the financial and technical support provided by the Indian government was important to this end.
Similarly, First Secretary Bhandari said that the collaboration with the NNJS to this regard would be continued in the days ahead.