Minister Liburd disclosed that in 2009 there were 641 individuals diagnosed with Glaucoma, which then increased to 654, then 776 in 2011.
The Health Minister stated that that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Ministry of Health have made significant investments in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. She added that it was the government’s vision to fund a modern facility and equip it with the essential mechanisms needed to treat this eye disease. Doing this said Ms. Liburd, will prevent many citizens and residents from going blind, due to Glaucoma
Liburd also unveiled that the Ministry of Health is presently analysing a strategic action plan, in an effort to improve the country’s eye care programme.
She revealed that some of the main objectives of this programme include: increase access to eye health services for the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis; strengthening the skills and competences of the eye care staff, to improve the collection, analysis and retrieval of eye health data, and to utilize the media more, in creating awareness in respect to eye health.
The Ministry will also implement this plan in an effort to ensure that there is an overall reduction in visual impairment and blindness in individuals.
She further stated that improvements in eye health care cannot be achieved by efforts in the Ministry of Health alone. She then proceeded to commend Sandra Williams and her dedicated staff for their commitment in eye health.
World Glaucoma Day is today Monday 12th March, 2012; and this year the theme is “Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight. Get Tested Now.”
Glaucoma Awareness Week Activities began with a Church Service on Sunday (11th March), and includes, screening at schools, a panel discussion, visits to blind persons and eye screenings for Cardin Home residents