By; Ben Musanje
As the country prepare to join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Sight Day, government has disclosed that over 160,000 which is 0.4 percent of Ugandans, are visually impaired or have eye problems.
Addressing the media at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Wandegeya, the State Minister for Health In charge of Primary Health Dr. Joyce Kaducu says that women and children are the most affected with eye related problems due to the nature of their domestic work.
Globally, more than 253 million people are visually impaired among them 124 million have low vision while 36 million are blind.
Kaducu says that the challenge is that people are still using risky treatment methods like urine, herbal medicines, and un-prescribed drugs from unauthorized clinics which continue to affect their eyes.
This year’s national celebrations for World Sight Day are expected to take place on October 11th in Lyantonde district under the theme; Eye Care Everywhere.”