High NCD rates, more blindness


THE high rates of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is leading to more cases of blindness, it is reported.

And, eye health care providers have been told to work together to fight the alarming rate of NCDs in the country. This would also tackle the growing problem of blindness.

This was expressed by Programme Manager SPP Nursing division Paul Hlngei during the opening of National eye health conference in Honiara.

“In the light of increase in diabetes and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), we need to all work together to change our live style in order to save sight,” said Hlngei.

Dr Gregory Jilini, Undersecretary for Healthcare of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) said, “In our context we need the support from everyone such as the health promotion team, immunisation teams, and child health teams, non-communicable disease unit, private health establishment, communities and faith based establishment to be included in the move to combat avoidable blindness.

“Blindness prevention and sight restoration is everyone’s business.”

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