Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and Higher Education, has implemented the school eye health program in all governmental and private schools, and MoPH has recently organised a workshop in Low Vision Screening for School Nurses in collaboration with partners.
The workshop has targeted 133 new nurses. During the workshop the Blindness Prevention Programme team from MoPH presented various lectures about the common eye diseases, eye trauma and a practical training to all participants on how to perform an accurate visual acuity measurement and to fill the electronic screening forms.
The head of MoPH's non-communicable disease section Dr. Kholood Al Mutawa stressed on the importance of early detection of low vision cases in children and referral of such cases to the health centers, eventually we could decrease the prevalence of low vision and lazy eye complications within this important age group.
Dr. Kholood Al Mutawa has also mentioned that Qatar has implemented early this mandatory visual acuity screening in all governmental and private schools and the data of last vision screening survey 2018-2019 which involved 113,946 students, shows that 14% of governmental schools students and 24% of private schools students have low vision, less than normal average of (6/6).
Cover image credit: Diabetes Qatar
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