Myanmar Becomes The 12th Nation To Eradicate Blindness Caused By Trachoma

This amazing news comes to us from Myanmar.

Trachoma disease is preventable but the blindness caused by the same cannot be cured. It has become one of the leading causes of blindness affecting nearly 1.9 million people all around the world. In 2005, trachoma was responsible for blindness of 4% of the total population of Myanmar but the scenarios have completely changed and at present the World Health Organisation has declared Myanmar to be completely free of this harmful disease. It has become possible after the nation joined Nepal in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Region said, “Myanmar’s multi-pronged approach promoting access to good hygiene infrastructure and clear water, strengthening eye care system, and complete community buy-in have enabled the country ensure that people of all ages can now look towards a trachoma-free future.”

It was long back in 1964 when the Ministry of Health and Sports in Myanmar had started a control project on trachoma with the support from WHO and UNICEF. It consisted of various treatments and measures to help reduce transmission. Since 2018, the affects of trachoma fell down effectively affecting 0.008% of the total population of Myanmar which indicated that trachoma was no longer a health problem for the public.

Unlike Myanmar, Sri Lanka was also found to eradicate rubella, HIV transmission from mother to the child, and Syphilis. Likewise, Maldives was recognised to eliminate rubella. Myanmar has made eight flagship priority programs that include elimination of rubella and measles by 2023, preventing and controlling non-infectious diseases through multisectoral policies and plans, finishing the work of eliminating neglected tropical diseases, and many other preventive measures for controlling TB and other diseases. We hope to win over the dangerous diseases as soon as possible and make the nation healthy and risk-free.

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