2nd phase of Kanti Velugu to reach 1.54 cr people in 100 days; KCR to launch it in Khammam

Mr. Harish Rao said the Telangana government started the Kanti Velugu programme to prevent blindness and requested the people of the state to undergo eye tests.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  18 Jan 2023 3:00 AM GMT
2nd phase of Kanti Velugu to reach 1.54 cr people in 100 days; KCR to launch it in Khammam

Hyderabad: Telangana health minister Harish Rao on Tuesday announced that the second phase of Kantiva Velugu aims to conduct eye examinations for 1.54 crore people in 100 days. The programme will be launched on 18 January and will continue for 100 days, till 15 June. Chief Minister KCR will inaugurate the second phase of Kanti Velugu in Khammam.

Mr. Harish Rao said the Telangana government started the Kanti Velugu programme to prevent blindness and requested the people of the state to undergo eye tests. As part of this, camps will be arranged and eye examinations will be conducted for five days a week, barring Saturdays and Sundays, he said.

The minister said Kanti Velugu is the biggest programme in the world and Telangana ranks third in government medical services in the country. He called upon all officials to work together and make the programme a success. Mr. Rao also directed the public representatives and officials to take steps to ensure that every house receives the invitation letter for the Kanti Velugu programme.

Each team that conducts eye tests consists of a medical officer, an optometrist, and two/three community health officers. Mr. Rao said tests will be conducted with 1,500 teams and each medical team will test 100 to 150 people per day. He also added that medicines and spectacles have already reached all the districts of the state.

First phase

In the first phase, launched in 2018, 1.50 crore people were examined and 51 lakh people were provided free spectacles. In August 2018, the first phase of Kanti Velugu was started in Malkapur village of Medak district by KCR. In the first phase, spectacles were imported from China but this time, spectacles are being purchased from companies in Telangana.

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