Govt drive to eliminate trachoma

Astha Saxena
The number of cases in the capital grew to 1,361 in 2018-19 from 241 in 2017-18. We hope to bring it down to zero in the capital.

The Delhi government is all set to launch an awareness programme to eliminate trachoma a bacterial infection which, if untreated, can cause blindness by 2020. Trachoma is caused by poor environmental and personal hygiene and inadequate access to water and sanitation.

The number of cases in the capital grew to 1,361 in 2018-19 from 241 in 2017-18. We hope to bring it down to zero in the capital. It is crucial to create awareness among public and medical professionals. A training programme will be held for doctors on do s and don ts while performing surgery, said Dr K S Baghotia, additional director, department of health and family welfare.

The department will focus on four categories surgery, awareness, facial wash and environment to prevent the disease.