HA NOI (VNS) — More than 1,200 international and local ophthalmologists have attended the second ASEAN Ophthalmological Society Congress and Viet Nam Ophthalmological Society Congress 2015 opened today in Ha Noi.
|More than 1,200 international and local ophthalmologists have attended the second ASEAN Ophthalmological Society Congress and Viet Nam Ophthalmological Society Congress 2015 opened today in Ha Noi. — Photo Trung Hieu
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien, highlighted the importance of blindness prevention as a healthcare issue that has received special attention of the World Health Organisation (WHO), governments, international organisations and non- governmental organisations (NGOs).
Without on-time national interventional programmes, support from WHO, NGOs, and effort of each ophthalmologist in the world, the global number of the visually impaired would rise to 75 million along with hundreds of millions more by the year of 2020, according to Tien.
During the three-day event, delegates will read nearly 300 scientific reports on various ophthalmology fields such as glaucoma, refractive errors, paediatrics eye, and cornea. Vietnamese eye doctors will exchange latest research and experiences with international colleagues to improve the examining and treating skills contributing to the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year of 2020.
For many years, the Viet Nam government has supported the implementation of blindness prevention nation-wide.
On March 5th, 2000, Viet Nam signed the global declaration supporting and implementing the global Initiative "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight" which mobilises all social resources to eliminate avoidable blindness such as cataract, refractive error, glaucoma by the year of 2020, according to the health ministry.
The Viet Nam National Institute of Opthalmology said that the country had around 400,000 blind people, and 2 million more with sight in just one eye.— VNS